FORMER GRADY COUNTY Clerk Carrie Croy is now represented by attorney Gil Murrah.
Former Grady County clerk Carrie Croy was set to have her day in court during this term of Grady Superior Court, but on Monday a judge granted a continuance in the case over the objections of the district attorney.
South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joe Mulholland told The Messenger this week that he was opposed to delaying the matter any longer.
“I put on record that I objected to the continuance, because I want it dealt with,” the district attorney said.
Croy was seeking a delay due to her retaining new legal representation late last month.
Previously represented by Whigham attorney Joshua C. Bell, as of late November the former county clerk is represented by Bainbridge attorney Gil Murrah.
Croy was indicted in September on charges of theft by taking and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Mulholland said he was ready for the trail to go forward this week.
However, Superior Court Judge Heather Lanier granted a continuance, Mulholland said, to give Croy’s new attorney time to familiarize himself with the case. Judge Lanier said the case would be heard in March, according to the district attorney.
Allegations against Croy arose after an internal audit of the county’s finances in late 2018 by Grady County auditor Perry Henry revealed alleged misappropriation of funds. According to county officials, Croy is accused of taking at least $5,847.45 in public money over a three year period beginning in 2015 by allegedly manipulating the county’s payroll and finance software to increase her net pay. Specifically, Henry’s audit allegedly showed that Croy removed deductions for federal and state taxes, insurance premiums and retirement fund contributions.
In addition to the alleged manipulation of her paycheck, Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, stated in a letter to Croy, issued upon her resignation, that the auditor had discovered other “findings that go beyond the information in this adverse action letter.”
Croy resigned her position as county clerk on Oct. 23, 2018. She had worked for Grady County since 2002, as county clerk since July 2008.