Franklin Co. Account Payable Files Go Missing

July 5, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


A computer file, containing all of Franklin County’s accounts payable records dating back to 2008 is missing from the computer used by former accounts payable clerk Rhonda Grizzle, who recently resigned.

Grizzle quit her job suddenly during a called meeting of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in which they announced the hiring of Elaine Evans as the new county clerk after coming out of executive session.

Rhonda Grizzle had been one of more than 40 applicants vying for county clerk position.

After the boards last meeting, commission chair Thomas Bridges would not say if the county believes Rhonda Grizzle may have purposely deleted the accounts payable files from the office computer.

“I would think that would be determined according to the expert that is dealing with the issue”, said Bridges. “I have no clue how they would determine that.”

However, Franklin County Administator Billy Morse said he has made Sheriff Stevie Thomas aware of the situation.

“We have talked to the sheriff about this, but I don’t think it has risen to that level yet, as we don’t know what has yet to be recovered”, said Morse. “But I have talked to the sheriff about that.”

According to Morse all of the accounts payable files are also on file in hard copy, but he has not yet decided whether to re-enter all of those files into a new computer folder.

No charges have been filed against Rhonda Grizzle and she could not be reached for comment.