Following the discovery of the missing funds, Brunk called on Palmer to resign and fire VanDaele. Despite a vote of no confidence passed by council members at the August 17 council meeting, Palmer and Van Daele remained in office. Palmer is an elected official and cannot be terminated, and the county council also has no authority over Van Daele, who reports to Palmer.

Brunk thanked Palmer and Treasurer Louisa Ewert on Tuesday for helping facilitate the audit.

“I would like to make a motion; this county council should apologize to April Palmer,” councilman Ed Langdon said.

“Mr. Langdon, I’m going to call this out of order,” Brunk said.

“So be it,” Langdon said, pushing his microphone away.

Palmer was present at the meeting, but made no comment.

Brunk said the county’s information technology department acquired a cybersecurity “phishing training solution,” which is currently being tested.

“While the June incident was not the result of a network hack or firewall breach, we hope this training solution will help raise awareness related to all communications, whether either by email, phone, fax, carrier or other method,” Brunk said. “This training will be implemented in all offices and departments that fall under the operational jurisdiction of the county council and county administration, and will also be made available to all other county offices.

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