The Greene and Jefferson Counties recorder’s offices are investigating allegations that two employees are accused of inappropriate behavior that included touching and kissing an employee in a conference room and inappropriate touching of a reporter in a hallway, according to a report released Monday.
The report says the alleged behavior occurred on Jan. 14, 2019, in the offices of the Greene recorder’s chief of staff, the Greenes deputy recorder of elections, and the Jefferson County recorder of deeds.
The Jefferson County auditor, the report said, was notified of the alleged incident in the office of the county clerk.
The auditor said he was alerted of the situation in his office on Feb. 5, 2019.
Both are still employed by the office, the auditor told the Times of Indias office in an email.
Both have been suspended with pay pending the investigation, the paper said.
Neither has been criminally charged.
In a statement to the Times, the Jefferson county auditor said the allegation was made to him by the auditor’s staff.
The audit did not provide a specific timeline for the audit’s completion, he said.
The auditor did not respond to requests for comment.
The Greene county clerk declined to comment.
Neither the Jefferson or Greene counties have any open election offices, the Times reported.
The Greenes are located in northwest Indiana, the state’s northeast.
The county auditor was hired by the Greeneces to be the county recorder of the Jefferson and Greenecas counties, which each had about 8.8 million people, according the report.
The reports of alleged inappropriate behavior came as the Jefferson counties clerk and recorder of voters both faced scrutiny for using their office phones for campaigning, according a report by the Indiana Commission on Ethics.
The commission’s investigation, which was announced in February, found that both had violated county ethics laws, which require them to use personal cellphones to conduct their duties.