Press release: Clerk of the Brown County Circuit Court Charged with Official Misconduct, Deception, and Theft

The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Friday:

1500 N. Packinghouse Road, #200
Bloomington, IN 47404


Sergeant Michael Wood
Public Information Officer

March 4, 2022

Clerk of the Brown County Circuit Court Charged with Official Misconduct, Deception, and Theft

Brown County –  Indiana State Police Master Trooper David Makowsky with the Organized Crime and Corruption  Section was assigned an investigation in June of 2020, after requests  from authorities to look into official misconduct by Brown County Clerk,  Kathy L. Smith.

This  investigation began when Smith failed to provide receipts for a voucher  that she submitted to the Auditor in May and June of 2020 after  utilizing a County issued credit card. When the receipts were obtained  there were questionable purchases made that did not appear to be for use  in the Clerks office. Further investigation revealed that Smith  allegedly made several other inappropriate purchases for a personal  advantage that failed to have any benefit to Brown County Government or  its citizens.

After  a complete review of the investigation by M/Trp. Makowsky, the Brown  County Circuit Court issued a warrant on March 4, 2022. Smith  surrendered herself to the Sgt. Ryan Miller and Trooper Jeremy Cox of  the Bloomington State Police District at the Brown County Jail later in the day where she was held on a $1,000 bond.

Arrested and Charges: Kathy L. Smith, 49 years old, Morgantown, IN

  • Official Misconduct of a Public Servant, Level 6 Felony
  • Deception, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Theft, Class A Misdemeanor

An arrest photo and/or information about Smith’s current jail status may be obtained from the Brown County Jail.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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