DES MOINES, Iowa — The way they tell it at Judy’s Country Curl, Brenda Simmons was nice enough, but she hadn’t done much in her 22 years as city clerk of Menlo, Iowa.
The Country Curl crowd couldn’t have known how wrong they were. From 2001 through 2013, Simmons spent $82,893.51 of the taxpayer’s money padding her salary and adding her husband to her town-funded health insurance coverage, according to a new report from the Iowa State Auditor’s Office.
Simmons may face criminal charges for her actions. The auditor’s office sent copies of its report to the Guthrie County Attorney’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the State Attorney General’s Office.