Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger allegedly kicked employee; 2 criminal investigations opened today
Register of Deeds says Donald Trump sent U.S. Marshals to Macomb County
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger allegedly kicked an employee Monday morning at the clerk's office sparking a second criminal investigation opened against her on the same day.
Four Macomb County sheriff's deputies were called to the clerk's office after a member of the county executive's office asked for her to be removed from the building.
It was alleged that Spranger was harassing an employee. The employee went to her immediate supervisor while Spranger allegedly stood outside the office and blocked the doorway when the employee attempted to leave. Spranger is accused of kicking the employee when she tried to leave the room.
Evidence technicians are looking at security video.
BREAKING: Four sheriff’s deputies are at the Macomb County Clerk’s office. It’s alleged the clerk, Karen Spranger, kicked an employee. A member of the county executive’s office is asking to have her removed from the building. #Local4 pic.twitter.com/krAMT3cMAn— «Jason Colthorp» (@JasonColthorp) March 26, 2018
The employee was visibly upset when she left for the day.
Register of Deeds, Jackie Ryan, said Donald Trump has already sent U.S. Marshals to help with the situation. When pressed for specific details, she didn't say how many U.S. Marshals were on the way to Macomb County or what their role would be.
The incident comes on the same day as a separate criminal investigation involving travel expenditures. The Macomb County Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding a trip to Washington, D.C. for a conference in which Spranger allegedly took a non-county employee, Niki Brandenburg, and paid her $650 admission with the county's credit card. Ryan says they received permission from the county's finance department.
Both investigations are ongoing.
"She is the Mother of Anarchy," said Mark Deldin, deputy executive of Macomb County. "There is just no middle ground on anything."
Ryan alleges Deldin threatened her verbally Saturday. The Macomb County Sheriff's Office confirmed a complaint was filed and the case was already closed with "no crime" was committed.
Full coverage of Karen Spranger
March 13, 2017: Spranger seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel
June 28, 2017: Spranger's employees working in fear after security removed
Sept. 22, 2017: Spranger accused of moving, hiding computers overnight
Sept. 28, 2017: Judge rules against Spranger in 'toxic work environment' case
Oct. 25, 2017: Spranger caught on video covering up court order
Nov. 9, 2017: Spranger fails to meet judges' backlog deadline
Nov. 21, 2017: Union files motion to hold Spranger in contempt of court
Nov. 29, 2017: Contempt of court hearing held for Spranger
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger appears before Board of Commissioners
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger grilled over massive backlog in her office
Dec. 11, 2017: Judge hears arguments on Spranger's firing of employees
Jan. 8, 2018: Spranger puts Macomb County hiring on hold
Jan. 31, 2018: Attorney for Spranger says register of deeds threatened him
Feb. 27, 2018: Spranger takes conspiracy allegations to federal court
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