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Commissioner Fleming denies threatening county employee


Police are investigating a complaint from a St. Joseph County auditor’s office employee who says that County Commissioner Deb Fleming threatened him.

On Thursday morning South Bend police were dispatched to the County-City Building, to “standby for a trespass,” according to a police report.

Police arrived to find several witnesses saying Fleming had threatened the male employee. Fleming ultimately agreed to leave and was escorted from the building. Auditor John Murphy, whose employee Fleming allegedly threatened, declined to comment.

A police spokeswoman today said police were still investigating the case and had not yet forwarded it to the prosecutor’s office for review. The police report does not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

After this morning’s commissioner meeting, Fleming denied threatening the employee but declined to comment further on what happened. She said she plans on serving out her term, which runs through the end of next year.


Parrott, a longtime public radio fan, comes to WVPE with about 25 years of journalism experience at newspapers in Indiana and Michigan, including 13 years at The South Bend Tribune. He and Kristi live in Granger and have two children currently attending Indiana University in Bloomington. In his free time he enjoys fixing up their home, following his favorite college and professional sports teams, and watching TV (yes that's an acceptable hobby).