Jenner agreed, “Some have addresses that are in town and others don’t.” Looking through the list, he said there were about 42 signatures out of a population of about 900 of individuals who lived within the town limits.
The prosecutor also asked the president if town employees had to be replaced, would he consider hiring a convicted felon to replace them? Jenner reported, “It would depend on the circumstances.”
Gary Norman, Ripley County Economic Development Corp. executive director, said he has known Schneider since 2000 when he took office as Osgood’s clerk-treasurer with Schneider as his mentor. “Kris is one of the members of my board, and she’s at every meeting.”
The prosecutor asked Sunman citizen Neil Bowers if he had signed the petition, and Bowers said yes. Hertel also wondered if he thought she should be removed from her position. Bowers announced, “Yes, it has come to that.”
Ewbank questioned him about who authored the petition. The citizen answered, “I prefer not to say.”
The attorney also wondered who carried the petition around to get signatures. Bowers said, “The person who authored it did it at first. This person, who obtained most of the signatures, was very forward about what it was about ..... (but later) it ended up in the hands of someone who shouldn’t have taken it around and this person bullied people into signing it,” whether they agreed with it or not.
Schneider, who has been the clerk-treasurer for 23 years, revealed she has only missed two days of work during that time. Since being charged, she has also attended counseling, “which made me put everything in perspective.”
She apologized “to the court, my fellow citizens and certainly to my family and friends for the circumstances that bring me here today .... I truly love my job and care deeply about the people, projects and programs that we have created. My mishandling of the credit account was unprofessional. This past year has taken its toll on me both physically and emotionally ....”