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City Recorder Randy Foxx and Councilman P.J. Johnson look on as the Madison City Council moved to terminate a city employee during a special session held on Wednesday as the Council, representatives from the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office and City Attorney Chip Shaffer discussed irregularities stemming from a forensic audit.

MADISON — The Madison City Council moved to terminate a city employee during a special session held on Wednesday as the Council, representatives from the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office and City Attorney Chip Shaffer discussed irregularities stemming from a forensic audit.

Councilman Buddy Hudson made the motion to terminate the employee after an executive session that lasted nearly an hour-and-a-half.

“After a meeting with the state auditors, I make a motion that we immediately terminate the employee in question for failure to perform their duties,” Hudson said in open session.

According to one city official, the employee submitted a resignation letter to the city on Thursday and left Madison City Hall immediately after.

It is worthy of noting that no employees or elected officials have been charged with a crime.

With penalties and fees resulting from unpaid federal withholdings from city employees, including FICA, the City of Madison could owe up to $1.3 million including interest and late fees as the Internal Revenue Service has placed an $804,000 lien on city-owned property.

According to city officials, the complete auditor’s report may not be available until April as investigators look at the financial records related to the city’s garbage collection department.

City attorney Chip Shaffer spoke about the process in an interview with the media.

“This was merely a preliminary report (from the auditor) and they have found significant irregularities in the keeping of our books and documenting the receipt of cash,” Shaffer said. “They are not finished with their report and their investigation will take months more, so I can’t comment any more on the specifics of their investigation.”

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.