Iowa Town Mayor Resigns; Police Chief, City Clerk on Leave in Felony Case


ARMSTRONG, Iowa - The roles are changing for several city employees facing felony charges in northern Iowa's Armstrong.

The Armstrong City Council voted unanimously Monday night to place police chief Craig Merrill and city clerk Tracie Lang on unpaid administrative leave.

Mayor Greg Buum resigned his position earlier in the day.

The state Attorney General's Office is handling the case against five current and former employees accused of misusing city funds and trying to cover up those actions.

Merrill, Lang and Buum face felony charges, as does former City Clerk Connie Thackery. Former City Clerk Kate Staton faces related misdemeanor charges.

The accusations include the misappropriation of city funds, the presentation of fraudulent public records, deploying a TASER against a civilian in exchange for cash and concealing embezzlement.

(Pictured - Mayor Greg Buum (left), Former City Clerk Connie Thackery, City Clerk Tracie Lang)

Images from the Iowa Department of Criminal investigation