Pilger clerk suspended
PILGER — An investigation into expenditures in Pilger is under way and has resulted in the village clerk being suspended with pay.
Tom Donner, Pilger village attorney, issued a press release Friday morning in response to questions about a special meeting of the Pilger village board that took place Thursday.
Donner said the meeting was to consider prior village expenditures. After meeting in closed session, Donner said, the board of trustees approved a motion to suspend the village clerk with compensation “for an indefinite period of time for unspecified violations of the personnel policy.”
Donner said the village board directed that the explanation for the action be placed in the personnel file of the employee.
Kimberly Neiman serves as the village clerk, although Donner did not name her in the press release.
Neiman has been recognized around the state for her clerk duties and was the speaker at the annual meeting of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District in 2017. Because of her work, she often has been associated with Pilger’s resilience as a community following the damage caused by a tornado in 2014.
As part of a regular audit for the village, Donner said preliminary information was presented to the village board on Monday. The information resulted in the village board initiating an investigation into certain expenditures, Donner said.
The village board is assisting in and fully cooperating with the investigation, he said.