Special election requested to find new treasurer in Goochland

Brenda Grubbs
Brenda Grubbs

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Fed up with what some call a "culture of corruption", people in Goochland ask county leaders to leave office.

Their frustration follows the resignation of county treasurer, Brenda Grubbs. She's charged with embezzlement, accused of misusing thousands in public funds. Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors took steps to replace her.

The vote comes four days after Grubbs resigned. Efforts to find an interim replacement is now in the hands of the court. One man who says he's frustrated with corruption here in the county asked the entire board not to run for re-election.

Rob Bloch was one of only two people who stood up. But his message to the supervisors captured a round of applause.

"There's been a culture of corruption which I can only believe the Indians follow the chiefs and I'm looking at the chiefs. I ask you please do not run for re-election we need to stop whatever it is that's going on," said Bloch.

Bloch followed Michael McDermott.

"Here's a situation where there's a number of unknown activity, or lack of activity, in the treasurer's office that warranted communication from the board. They fell on deaf ears," said McDermott.

Moments earlier, the board unanimously voted to ask the county's circuit court to appoint an interim treasurer and set a special election for Grubbs' permanent replacement. That could happen in the next 30 days. Grubbs is accused of taking about $135,000 of taxpayer money.

The resolution stated the chief deputy treasurer didn't want the job. County leaders said four state auditors started a turnover audit Monday to prepare for a new treasurer.

"We have to account for any cash on hand as of five o'clock last Friday, receipt or returned checks on hand receipt of cash on deposit," said County Administrator, Rebecca Dickson.

Bloch didn't know Grubbs personally but says what happened in her office is unsettling.

"She had a wonderful reputation as just so many people but they get into this building people get into this building and something goes wrong," said Bloch.

The resolution asks that the vote to replace Grubbs takes place on November 8th, Election Day.

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