WATERLOO — Dunkerton Police Chief Katherine Olivia Krieger, 25, of Jesup, turned herself into the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office on Thursday following an investigation into her allegedly falsifying her timecard.
Krieger is charged with felonious misconduct in office, second-degree theft and four counts of tampering with records, according to a news release issued Thursday by Sheriff Tony Thompson.
At the city of Dunkerton's request in May, the Sheriff's Office investigated suspicions of false reporting of the time actually worked by the chief and the time she reported, he said.
"The investigation, and it's subsequent findings, are based on a number of credible corroborating sources/witnesses and other documentation and corroborating evidence to indicate that the chief of police violated Iowa law in various ways and numerous occasions," Thompson said in the release.
Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for Krieger, who lives in Jesup. She turned herself in and was booked into the Black Hawk County Jail.
This case has been turned over to the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office. The sheriff said his department would have no further comment because of the pending criminal case.
Bail for Krieger was set at $5,000 cash or surety.
Magistrate Patrick Wegman issued a search warrant on May 30 for a personal thumb drive belonging to Krieger and the thumb drives and SD card belonging to the city. In the application for the warrant, the Sheriff's Office stated "The City believes that Katherine known as Kate had been falsifying her time card at least since March 2019."
Krieger voluntarily went for an interview at the Sheriff's Office and was asked about specific dates on her timecard. She indicated she was "on shift working regular hours or straight time" the warrant application states. "When looking at the video of Dunkerton city hall on those dates, Kate would come in late, leave early or not come in at all."
Krieger said she was working at home on her personal laptop creating criminal complaint templates for the city because she could get more done. The computer at city hall would take about 10 minutes to load a single document, she said.
Krieger said the documents were saved on a thumb drive and would be time-stamped to collaborate her claim. She had not seen the drive for a few weeks, she said, but described it to the investigator.
After the interview, the Sheriff's Office obtained two thumb drives that matched the description, a third thumb drive and a 32 gigabyte SD card from the city clerk at city hall