Earlville’s ex-mayor facing bail issues, higher charges

NORWICH – Former Earlville Mayor Toni Campbell appeared in Chenango County Court Monday as prosecutors claimed she stole nearly $98,000 – double the original amount.

In another unfavorable development for Campbell, the couple who posted her original $20,000 bail asked for their money back and recommended to Judge W. Howard Sullivan that she be placed behind bars.

The New York State Police arrested 36-year-old Campbell of 21 Greene St., on July 2, claiming she used her position as finance manager to steal more than $42,000 from her former employer, Chenango Valley Pet Foods in Sherburne.

The Earlville Village Clerk’s Office reported Campbell was in her third term as mayor at the time of her arrest. Before a standing-room-only crowd at the July 11 village board meeting, without Campbell present, a statement was read announcing her immediate resignation.

The board voted to appoint Trustee and Deputy Mayor Mark Doeberl to complete the vacant term through May 31, 2011. “It appears at this point that there was no wrongdoing of the village’s finances,” Doeberl told the crowd following his appointment.

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