Monroe Co. auditor resigns amid investigation into county credit card use

Posted: 10:02 PM, Jun 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-28 22:02:20-04
Monroe Co. auditor resigns amid investigation into county credit card use

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Monroe County Auditor Steve Saulter announced his resignation Tuesday at a meeting of the county council.

Monroe County Councilor Marty Hawk confirmed Saulter's announcement, and said his last day will be July 15. A temporary auditor will be found until the November election.

Saulter, a Democrat, said earlier this year he wouldn't seek reelection.

Saulter did not address an ongoing investigation by a special prosecutor into his alleged misuse of a county-issued credit card.

The investigation is the second for the Monroe County Auditor's Office. Saulter's predecessor, Amy Gerstman, pleaded guilty in September 2014 to felony official misconduct and misdemeanor conversion for using county-issued credit cards for personal purchases. Gerstman was sentenced to three months home detention.

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Just months later, former Monroe County human resources director Rhonda Foster pleaded guilty to conversion for her own alleged misuse of her Monroe County-issued credit card.

According to a probable cause affidavit in that case, Foster used a county Visa card to pay her personal property taxes in Delaware County, as well as personal expenses at Macy's and Lowe's. 

A call to Saulter for comment on this story was not immediately returned.