They were called deputy auditors in the charging documents filed in LaSalle County court. Now prosecutors are asking to change that to clerks. Pamela Wright and Tori Artman are more accurately described as bookkeepers or accounting clerks, according to a request the State’s Attorney’s Office filed this week. Judge Raccuglia will take it up next Friday.
Wright and Artman are accused of taking overtime pay they didn’t work for when they worked for the LaSalle County Auditor’s Office. In the documents filed in Auditor Jody Wilkinson’s case, Wright and Artman are simply called employees.
What they’re called doesn’t seem to affect the seriousness of the charges. But in the civil court cases that came out of the situation, Wilkinson’s ability to hire them back may depend on whether Wright and Artman are deputy auditors working directly for her or county employees whom the county can dismiss.