Iowa County official resigns amid theft allegations

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An Iowa County, Iowa official resigned from the Board of Supervisors amid allegations that she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the county.

Kimberly Tanke, of Williamsburg, worked in the Iowa County Auditor’s office and she served as treasurer for Iowa County between 1999 and 2010, when she was elected to the Iowa County Board of Supervisors.

Tanke abruptly resigned from the board of supervisors January 20, 2014.  He resignation letter states, “Please accept this as my formal resignation as Iowa County Supervisor.  I have personal matters to attend to.”  Less than three weeks before her resignation, Tanke was selected vice-chairman of the board.

A statement from the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department indicates Tanke was charged Wednesday, January 29, 2014 with felony first-degree theft.

The statement said an audit conducted by a private auditor and the current Iowa County treasurer revealed more than $62,000 as missing “related to calendar years 2006 to 2010.”

The statement said Tanke appeared in Iowa County District Court January 29 and was later released pending further proceedings.