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Boone Prosecutor resigns following allegations of professional misconduct




MADISON Boone County Prosecuting Attorney submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday to the Boone County Commission.


The resignation follows an investigation of Prosecutor Donna Taylor. She was charged by a lawyer disciplinary board for allegedly violating rules of professional conduct.


The Boone County Commission voted unanimously to impeach Taylor, citing “incompetence and neglect of duty.”


According to court documents, Taylor was accused of failing to prepare nearly 100 orders from abuse and neglect cases, 83 releases of judgment after payments were made in full, and filing insufficient indictments. Moreover, Taylor hired her boyfriend as an assistant prosecutor with a yearly salary of $80,000.


The commission held an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss Taylor’s resignation. An interim prosecutor will be appointed over the next thirty days.


Taylor wrote in her letter that a “hostile work environment” and “unrealistic work expectations” as reasoning for the resignation. She has denied the allegations. Her resignation is effective June fourth.


“Your vacancy from the office of prosecuting attorney will moot the issue of your removal and the Boone County Commission intends to withdraw the Resolution following the effective date of you resignation,” according to a response from the commission.


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