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HARRISBURG — Saline County Clerk Kim Buchanan filed a lawsuit Feb. 27 in the Saline County Court asking for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Saline County Treasurer Jeff Murrie and Saline County Circuit Clerk Randy Nyberg over payroll processing.

Judge Mark Clarke, who was assigned the case after Judge Walden Morris recused himself, asked the attorneys to meet with him Wednesday afternoon for a case management conference.

Saline County State’s Attorney Jayson Clark, who represents Murrie and Nyberg, gave a report during Saline County Board’s special meeting Wednesday evening. He said several people showed up for the conference because they are interested in the case, so Judge Clarke moved the review from chambers to the courtroom.

Thomas Crosby, who represents Buchanan, said the judge asked the parties to come to a temporary agreement today, which he believes happened. He would not speak to specifics because the agreement has not been formalized.

Jayson Clark said the judge went through the constitution and the duties of a county clerk.

“He said the parties needed to put their heads together and figure out a way to solve this,” Jayson Clark said.

He added that in the interim agreement, Buchanan will be added to the payroll accounts as an authorized signee, but the Murrie would still do payroll. Both Murrie and Nyberg will remain authorized signees on the accounts.

“There is no state statute on payroll checks, but there is one on processing claims against the county,” Jayson Clark said.

The case is sent for an “all pending” hearing on at 9 a.m. March 21 in Saline County Court.

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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