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Blackmon was employed by Bartow County for more than 15 years, but not reappointed to assistant magistrate judge in 2001, according to Human Resources spokesman Marla Coggins.
Coggins said Blackmon served in these Bartow County Magistrate Court positions:
Blackmon began work for Bartow in October 1989, but left in January 1990 only to return in November 1990 and serve as clerk through January 1993.
Blackmon was named chief clerk of Magistrate Court in January 1993.
Assistant Magistrate Judge and Chief Clerk
In November 1995, Blackmon was appointed to assistant magistrate judge and continued as chief clerk of the court.
Clerk of Magistrate Court
From August 1998 to October 2005, Blackmon served as a clerk, having not been reappointed to serve as an assistant judge in 2001. Her employment with the county was terminated in October 2005.
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Following her arrest, Blackmon was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, Rogers confirmed.
A former Bartow magistrate clerk has been accused of stealing money from the county for more than two years.
Penny D. Blackmon, 52, now of Billingsley, Alabama, was arrested by a Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputy yesterday about 2:30 p.m., Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said.
Blackmon faces 116 counts of theft by taking from a government employee for alleged thefts spanning from January 2003 to August 2005, according to the indictment, which was handed down by Bartow's August grand jury in case specially presented by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The former assistant magistrate and chief clerk of Magistrate Court, who in 1998 unsuccessfully sued Bartow County for additional pay, is accused of having unlawful possession of government funds while she was an employee in an "ongoing and continuing offense...," the indictment says. It also indicates the allegations against Blackmon came to light in March 2009.
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