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The former Island City city recorder, who was previously investigated regarding reimbursements for questionable expenses and use of a city fuel card, was arrested as a result of that investigation.
Judy Rygg, who was the city recorder for Island City for 38 years, was arrested Tuesday and subsequently bailed out the same day on a number of charges, including computer crimes and first-degree theft, according to court records.
In September 2015, the Union County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the City of Island City’s
alleged budget shortfall of more than $43,000.
Rygg, 70, was the focus of the investigation. Rygg retired from her position in May 2015.
Union County Court records for Rygg indicate a secret indictment was issued Feb. 1, and Rygg was served a warrant Tuesday for her arrest. She turned herself in to the La Grande Police Department, and her husband, Jim, posted the $5,000 bail amount.
Rygg was charged with eight counts of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; nine counts of computer crime, a Class C felony; one count of second-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and one count each of official misconduct in the first degree and tampering with public records. These charges stem from incidents between 2013 and 2015.
Union County District
Attorney Kelsie McDaniel, who is named as the prosecuting attorney for the case, declined to comment on the case because Rygg has not yet been arraigned on the charges. Rygg’s arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 21.