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County Clerk's Office Exodus Includes $97,000 Settlement


Jess Bradfield’s arrival as the new Cache County clerk and auditor last fall has led to the resignations of four out of six longtime female employees in the clerk’s office, including one who gained a $97,000 out-of-court separation settlement, The Herald Journal has learned.

Bradfield was elected in a special session of Cache County Republicans on Sept. 19 following the departure of fellow Republican Jill Zollinger, who stepped down before the end of her fifth four-year term in office. Bradfield won out over two of Zollinger’s employees, Chief Deputy Auditor Diana Schaeffer and Chief Deputy Clerk Kim Gardner, and it was Gardner who won the separation payout roughly two months after Bradfield’s arrival.


Three other veteran employees eventually followed her out the door, though without any additional compensation or strings attached. Read the rest of the story on HJnews.com.


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.