Commissioners decided to pursue the examination after a 30-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and possible litigation, followed by a 10-minute closed session for the same reason in the County Commission room.
Present for the executive sessions were commissioners Harold Coleman, Allen Warren, and Jingles Endicott, County Attorney Terri Johnson, Assistant County Attorney Valorie Leblanc, Bourbon County Sheriff Ron Gray and Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason.
Johnson said the name of the employee being investigated is not being released because of the ongoing sheriff's probe.
"We had a termination yesterday from the clerk's office of an employee for misconduct," Coleman said after the executive session. "As part of our decision, we are going to authorize a criminal investigation for alleged employee theft."
Commissioners also passed a motion to appoint Terry Sercer, of Diehl Banwart Bolton CPAs to conduct an audit of all the funds to which the clerk's office has access.
Johnson suggested that commissioners hold a department head meeting to advise department heads of any additional steps the commissioners may require of them.
"The county is the victim of an alleged criminal act," Johnson said. "The sheriff will be investigating."
Johnson could not disclose a dollar amount, or whether the alleged theft was monetary or property because of the pending investigation.