Former Harlan, Iowa, city administrator accused of theft turns himself in

The former city administrator in Harlan, Iowa, turned himself in Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Terry Lynn Cox, 67, is charged with felony theft, felonious misconduct in office and misdemeanor tampering with records, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was booked into the Shelby County Jail, posted $5,000 bail and was released .

Cox denies the charges, according to his attorney.

“Terry Cox adamantly denies having obtained anything from the City of Harlan that he did not earn or deserve,” Mark Weinhardt of Des Moines said in a statement.

A special investigation by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office last year identified $144,872 of “improper and unsupported disbursements.” City officials had requested the investigation to address concerns about travel reimbursements issued to Cox.

Weinhardt said that the report was flawed and that his client will plead not guilty.

“Terry and his family are proud of his decades-long history of service to the City of Harlan, and they are eager to erase this attempt to blemish that record,” Weinhardt said.

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