Former County Clerk resigns after guilty plea for misdemeanor theft

| September 29, 2017
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BOONVILLE, MO – A former County Clerk pleaded guilty Friday in a case alleging theft of property.

According to court documents, Darryl Kempf, 66, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, stealing or theft of property less than $500. Kempf reportedly leased a truck, May of 2014 on behalf of Cooper County. After making 28 of 36 lease payments, Kempf requested a county check totaling over $4,800. A deputy clerk said she was unaware of subsequently signing over the truck to Kempf as a gift. Kempf will serve 6 months incarceration, and be placed on two years unsupervised probation.

Kempf submitted a letter of resignation Friday in tandem with his guilty plea, saying he no longer wishes to fight the politically motivated issues he has recently had to address. He served as County Clerk for over thirty years.

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