A former city recorder for Island City pleaded not guilty to a series of felony charges in Union County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Judy Rygg faces eight felony counts of first-degree theft, nine felony counts of computer crime, a misdemeanor count of second-degree theft, and one count each of official misconduct in the first degree and tampering with public records.

An investigation into Rygg by Oregon State Police during the 2015-2016 fiscal year focused on incidents
occurring during the span of a six-year period that resulted in a city budget shortfall of more than $43,000.

A report from an Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigation determined that Rygg had made unauthorized purchases using city bank accounts.

For the complete story, see the July 12 edition of The Observer.