Clerk Praised for Work After Tornado Accused of Theft


Kim Neiman stands in her office, which was temporarily located in a trailer outside of the community pool in Norfolk, on June 4, 2015. The former village clerk has been accused of theft. (Norfolk Daily News via AP)
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The Associated Press

Pilger – A former village clerk who was praised for her work in helping rebuild her northeast Nebraska community following a 2014 tornado strike has been accused of theft.

Kimberly Neiman, 57, was arrested last week at her home in Pilger on a warrant that included seven felony counts of theft and three of abuse of public records.

She’d been fired by the village board in February 2019, following a state audit that found more than $562,000 in questionable transactions and more than $156,000 in suspicious charges on the village’s credit card.

Authorities didn’t say exactly what the money may have been spent on, but several of the payments went to entities at mailing addresses in the U.S. and Canada that the auditor described as “questionable business locations.” They included a vape store, UPS locations, mailrooms and apartment buildings.

After being asked about the questionable payments, Neiman filed a consumer complaint with the state attorney general’s office, stating that she was being billed for things she didn’t order. The auditor’s report, however, said that was “difficult to believe.”

Most of the transactions and payments were not submitted for board approval, the audit report said, which “gives rise to concerns regarding possible official misconduct and/or abuse of public records.”

The tornado on June 16, 2014, destroyed or damaged more than half of the Stanton County community, which had about 350 residents. A 5-year-old was killed.

In recognition of her service to Pilger, the following year Neiman was named Outstanding Public Administrator of the Year by the Nebraska chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.

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