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Special judge will preside over city's case against former mayor

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City alleges official left office with furniture, electronics

By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

The battle between the City of La Grange and former mayor Elsie Carter continued in Oldham circuit court today.

A complaint filed by the city attorney in February alleges Carter took official records and furniture during her final days in office and improperly sold a city-owned house.

But there's more than just a conference table missing from city hall since Carter moved out.

Court documents include a two-page list with details about three digital cameras, several flash drives, six four-line office telephones, an iced tea maker, multiple software bundles, a $1,200 laptop computer, a portable hard drive, a laser printer and documents related to a $345,000 historic preservation grant missing from city hall.

Carter wrote a $335 check for a conference table and desk, but the city attorney returned her check and requested that she return the furniture. 

The case against Carter was scheduled for 1 p.m. in Judge Karen Conrad's court after Carter failed to answer the city’s complaint from May 27 within a 20-day period.

Carter, who did not attend, was represented by her attorney. 

Her attorney filed a late answer June 20. In the answer, she admits the city is entitled to a conference table and desk currently in her possession.

Carter served two terms as mayor of La Grange and was also a former city council member.

Prior to the hearing, Conrad informed both parties that if they hadn't reached a resolution, she would request a special judge to take the case.

Carter's attorney did not agree to the default judgment presented by the city, and a special judge will hear the case later this month.