Special election could be called for new Goochland treasurer

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Now that Brenda Grubbs is no longer Goochland's treasurer, the county is trying to figure how to find her replacement.

Grubbs resigned Friday amid allegations she stole more than $100,000 in taxpayer money.

The Goochland Board of Supervisors is meeting tonight to discuss how to replace Grubbs.  The Board could petition a judge for a special election to name a new treasurer until the regularly scheduled elections in November.

It's up to the judge to decide whether or not a special election will be called.  The meeting kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.  County leaders say a special election could be set up in 30 days if a judge gives the green light.

In the meantime, the treasurer's staff is now back at work, and say they're just happy to be back in the office.

It's business as usual inside the Goochland County treasurer's office. People are going in and out, paying taxes and applying for various county licenses. The only difference now from last week, is the name Brenda Grubbs is no longer listed as the treasurer.

The Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday night to figure out what to do next. Typically the assistant treasurer would step in during a case like this, but board members say the assistant treasurer isn't interested in taking over the office even on a temporary basis.

But it's up to a judge to decide whether it's worth holding an election before the regularly scheduled election in November. The board could decide as soon as Tuesday to ask a judge for a special election. For now, the treasurer's staff is trying to tread water while county leaders try to figure out who might take over for Grubbs.

Brenda Grubbs was in court Monday morning, and a trial date has been set for mid-May.

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