St. Charles County Elections Director Accused of Overcharging Local Govts.

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Just weeks before he goes up for re-election, a St. Charles County official is trying to fight off charges of political wrongdoing.

The Secretary of State’s office claimed that St. Charles County elections director Rich Chrismer overcharged local governments for duplicated services to the tune of $113,000money that Chrismer has now agreed to refund.

But that’s far from the end of his political woes.

Two other County officials, the auditor and finance director, claim Chrismer still owes cities, school districts and other local entities more than $220,000 for election costs dating back to 2008.

They also want him to refund an additional $600,000 to the county government itself.

Chrismer faces two opponents, former St. Charles mayor Patti York and community activist Arnie Dienoff, in the August 5 primary.

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