The county seal is missing from newly-elected county clerk Mike Vinck’s office at the Cass County Courthouse.
Vinck says the seal and a handful of other items were not found in his office when he arrived at his new job early in January.
He said that his staffers have looked high and low for the seal to no avail.
Some of the other missing items, however, were found at the Cass County Historical Society.
Historical Society Executive Director Don Peters said he hasn’t seen the seal, but he did say former county clerk Janet Burlingame recently brought several items to loan and to give to the historical society.
The loaned items included a framed Gunn City railroad bond, plat books from 1895 and 1912, and a 1965 street and highway atlas.
The donated items included a register of health certificates, a framed picture of Lewis Cass, a Cass County tax book from 1846-1848, official state manuals from the late 1990s and early 2000s, a guest book from the 100-year celebration of the Cass County Courthouse, and a folder of petition sheets.
Burlingame did not respond to a call seeking comment.
Vinck says the county is in the process of getting the items back, which were given to the historical society without the permission of the County Commission.
Since taking office, the county clerk has also noticed that a significant number of paper and computer files were missing.
“The previous Cass County Clerk shredded many truckloads of documents in the days leading up to her departure, removed and or relocated historic county artifacts, and deleted important day-to-day data files without leaving a destruction log sheet,” Vinck said in a statement.