By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Michigan State Police executed a search warrant in the City Clerk’s office Dec. 16 as part of an embezzlement investigation.
MSP confirmed the news on its Twitter account tweeting, “@mspmetrodet: Confirming: The MSP is conducting an embezzlement investigation in Dearborn. Nothing further at this time.”
Officers left the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., with multiple boxes filled with documents.
“The city administration was alerted only moments before the State Police began executing the search warrant of the Clerk’s Office,” read a statement from the city Public Information Department. “The city of Dearborn is cooperating fully with the Michigan State Police.”
The city clerk is an elected office and is independent of any other elected official in Dearborn.
“The State Police are in charge of this investigation and we don’t have details at this point, but we are cooperating fully with them,” Deputy City Attorney Laurie Ellerbrake said. “If there is a problem, we want it to be addressed thoroughly. And if there isn’t an issue, we want to make sure that that news is understood as well.”
She also said the city is committed to ensuring that elected officials and public servants earn a high level of trust with residents and maintain that standard every day.
The investigation is ongoing.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)