Petitioner’s husband appointed to Cloverdale recount commission

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The three-person commission appointed to conduct a recount in the Cloverdale clerk-treasurer election will include the husband of the candidate who filed the petition for the recount.

The commission, appointed Tuesday by Putnam Circuit Court Judge Matt Headley, will include Deputy Clerk Heather Robinson and Cloverdale residents Barb Jay and Monnie Carr.

Monnie Carr is married to Vanessa Carr, who lost the Nov. 5 clerk-treasurer race to incumbent Cheryl Galloway by just two votes, 143-141.

By law, a recount commission must be composed of one person who can run all the election equipment as well as one Republican and one Democrat from the district in question.

Robinson is one of only two people in the county qualified to run the equipment, while Jay was selected by the Republican Party and Monnie Carr was selected by the Democratic Party.

Vanessa Carr ran as an independent in the race, while Galloway ran on the GOP ticket.

Robinson told the Banner Graphic that when Judge Headley brought the order to the clerk’s office, she questioned having a spouse on the commission. However, Headley told her it was legal.

Robinson followed up with a call to the Indiana Election Division, with a representative giving her the same answer as the judge.

No date has been set for the recount, though Robinson said she plans to reach out to both Jay and Monnie Carr following the Thanksgiving holiday to make a decision.

By state election law, the recount should be completed by Dec. 20. This may be extended by the court for “good cause shown.”

Once a recount is completed, Putnam County Clerk Heather Gilbert must file a certificate of recount, with any corrected vote totals noted.

After the recount certificate is filed, the court enters its final order discharging the recount commission. A 30-day period to appeal the recount commission’s certificate begins when the trial court issues this order.

The next term for the Cloverdale clerk-treasurer begins on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

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  • Personally I don't see the issue. He is 1 of 3!Now all we can hope is that the error is found so Cloverdale can have some new blood! Out with the old and in with the new

    -- Posted by putnamcountyproud on Wed, Nov 27, 2019, at 1:39 PM
  • When the Swopes ran the town, people called it Swopedale. Now it's Gallodale. High time for a new regime.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Wed, Nov 27, 2019, at 7:45 PM
  • Hahahaha. Now that's funny. I hope Mrs. Carr wins by one vote.

    -- Posted by canttakeitanymore on Wed, Nov 27, 2019, at 10:18 PM
  • Do the nursing home residents still all vote exactly the same? Ha Ha!! Same ole Cloverdale.

    -- Posted by concernedcitizen3 on Wed, Nov 27, 2019, at 11:14 PM
  • Shameful, That is what Cloverdale is shameful! You all should be ashamed of yourselves. All voted officials are servants. They serve YOU to the best of their ability. They are not paid a lot or get special treatment. Why do they do it? Why aren't you doing it? Where would this community be without them? All you do is criticize. make fun and laugh. I hope Cheryl loses to. just to see where this Town will be in 4 years cause quite frankly Cloverdale is a lot better off than it was 4 years and even 8 years ago. All of the elected officials have worked hard for you and the Towns future. Here is a thought get off your butts and get on your knees and pray for the Town and the Leaders. Get out and Vote. Get out and volunteer. A Community is as good as the citizens that live there. Stop being a bully and be productive.

    -- Posted by Franklinheart on Thu, Nov 28, 2019, at 10:12 AM
  • Well said Franklin heart!!

    -- Posted by Falcon9 on Thu, Nov 28, 2019, at 10:49 AM
  • Seriously? The Clerk/Treasurer should be just that. It IS a well-paying job. The Galloways have to be pulling close to 100K a year between their 3 salaries - C/T; Town Manager (which is a newly formed position created since Ms. Galloway became C/T), and building inspector.

    So, yes, they are paid a lot! Only school administrators are paid better. And, yes, the C/T has supplied family members with paying positions and plenty of vehicles paid for with the town's taxes. That seems like special treatment to me.

    One drive down 231 from I-70 would leave one questioning how the town is better off now. There is less commerce, which means less tax dollars. Exactly what accomplishments would the current elected officials like to claim?

    There are plenty of good people in the town. There is a lovely volunteer spirit that will remain no matter who is elected. Seriously.

    -- Posted by letspulltogether on Thu, Nov 28, 2019, at 2:46 PM
  • sassylass, get the facts prior to commenting. The C/T has no say over who is hired, their salaries, or who has usage of town vehicles. Those decisions are made by the town council. With regard to Ms. Galloway's pay, that is a matter of public record. Most teachers are paid more. As far as earning her pay, I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Ms. Galloway was in the office working.

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Fri, Nov 29, 2019, at 6:24 AM
  • Every job comes with perks and insider knowledge. Why is it that when attending a town council meeting, it feels like the C/T puts the agenda under the noses of the council members for they yay or nay?

    The C/T definitely has her finger in many pots beyond her listed duties.

    -- Posted by letspulltogether on Fri, Nov 29, 2019, at 8:31 AM
  • Clerk Treasurer is just that a Clerk and a Treasurer.

    The agenda is made by the Clerk Treasurer and the Council adds to or removes per the Council getting the agenda on the Friday before the meeting. Sassylass stay in Arizona and leave Cloverdale business to the Council. Your Dad Don Gedert has this.

    -- Posted by Franklinheart on Sat, Nov 30, 2019, at 8:52 AM
  • Franklinheart: How does Sassylass figure into this? I don't see any comments from her.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Sat, Nov 30, 2019, at 11:08 AM
  • BenDover, Sassylass' comments have been deleted. Now, some of her same comments have been restated by purlgurl. And "they" think funny things are going on? Banner Graphic, can YOU please explain this?

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Sat, Nov 30, 2019, at 1:45 PM
  • sassylass changes to purlygurl and now to stonagereader. How petty!!!

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Sat, Nov 30, 2019, at 5:11 PM
  • sassylass to purlygurl to stoneagereader to smalltownways. Around and around we go. If a recount does indeed show Mrs. Carr the winner, the voters will get exactly what they asked for. The state taking over the town. SBYL

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Sat, Nov 30, 2019, at 7:55 PM
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