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Macomb County Clerk Removed From Office In Rare Move

Anthony Cardamone, Editor

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The scandal-embattled Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger was removed from office March 27 by Judge Daniel Kelly, ending her tumultuous 15 month tenure with the County.

Spranger lied about her residency in election filings, a clear violation of election law. She claimed to live at a house in Warren, but a search of the home by county officials found the house had “no utilities and was uninhabitable, filled with “wall-to-wall garbage, feces and animals.”

“She did not reside in Macomb County … Spranger was not a qualified elector of Macomb County… By law, if Spranger was not eligible to run for county clerk, she has no right to currently hold that office,” St. Clair County Circuit Judge Daniel Kelly wrote in his 17-page order to remove Spranger.

Spranger at a Warren city meeting before her election to clerk.

Criminal investigations against Spanger are underway for two separate incidents that took place shortly before her removal. She allegedly kicked an employee after the employee spoke to their supervisor about alleged harassment by Spranger, and misused taxpayer funds by registering her deputy clerk’s son to attend a conference in Washington D.C. using a county-issued credit card.

Longtime Clerk Department employees rejoiced over the decision, as incompetence by Spranger and her top deputies harmed the department and a toxic work department ensued.

“The impact has been major in this department. It hit all of our departments. E-filings were behind immensely, liens were behind, everything got behind,” Kathy Brower, a 26-year employee of the department, said.

Brower was appointed interim county clerk, and says she has no desire to run for the office and will serve in an interim role only. County administration could appoint someone on April 24 to finish the year as clerk until the November elections.

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