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      Gov. appoints new Clark County clerk amid financial audit

      Nixon appointed Sharon Kay Biggerstaff, of Kahoka, to the post vacated by former Circuit Clerk Mary D. Jones shown here.


      Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed a new Clark County Circuit Clerk amid what is now the second month of an ongoing state audit into the office's finances.


      Nixon appointed Sharon Kay Biggerstaff, of Kahoka, to the post vacated by former Circuit Clerk Mary D. Jones.


      Clark County Circuit Judge Gary Dial suspended Jones July 24. Jones was later escorted from the building and allowed to resign from her post.


      Details of the financial issues now under the Missouri State Auditor's Office microscope are still not publicly known.


      Dial said Tuesday that he expects that auditors will remain at the office for several more weeks.


      The audit came after an anonymous complaint was made to the branch of the Missouri Supreme Court that oversees Circuit Courts.


      Biggerstaff served as the manager of the multi-county child support enforcement office under the Prosecuting Attorney's Office since 1994. The office serves Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Schuyler and Scotland counties, according to a press release from the governor's office.


      Prior to that, she was office manager for the Clark County child support enforcement office from 1988 to 1994. Biggerstaff is a past member of the Clark County R-1 School Board.

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