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Police: Burton city officials suspended, under investigation

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A pair of local city officials have been suspended and police have them under investigation.

Burton Police confirm both the city clerk, Teresa Karsney, and deputy clerk, Rachel Boggs, have been placed on paid leave. They’re also currently under criminal investigation.

"At this time, they are on leave for their best interest and for the best interest of the city, and are not presumed guilty.  We do not have any details of the findings but you need to know that the accusations are not in any way related to elections," Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko said.

Karsney's attorney said the investigation is over a land dispute involving Boggs after she bought a piece of property.

"Dirty politics in Burton," said Matt Norwood, Karsney's attorney. "It has nothing to do with the clerk's office itself."

He said there isn't anything criminal about what happened.

"They wanted $500 more. And they're upset they didn't get the $500 more. And so they think there's something criminal about that. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the clerk's office," Norwood said.

He said the case belongs in the civil realm and doesn't even involve Karsney. He wants to know why she was placed on leave.

Zelenko didn't have much to say on that.

"I can't make any comment on that because I don't know the details, the depth of the allegations," she said.

She said she is taking the council attorney's advice and if there is no criminal wrongdoing both officials will be allowed to return to work.

Without a clerk and an election around the corner, the council hired the Davison Township clerk to take over the November election.

"Rik Hayman has been sworn in as Acting Clerk and Sue Warren as Acting Deputy Clerk so that we have authorizing signatories for day to day business," she said.

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