Former Milwaukie assistant city recorder faces theft charges

Former Milwaukie assistant city recorder faces theft charges
Juli Howard

MILWAUKIE, Ore. – Police arrested a former Milwaukie assistant city recorder on theft and computer crime charges.

A grand jury indicted Juli Howard on four counts of theft 1, one count of theft 2, one count of theft 3 and six counts each of official misconduct and computer crimes.

Police said the Milwaukie Finance Department noticed several suspicious money transactions in Aug., 2012. City officials forwarded those concerns to Milwaukie police.

Detectives served search warrants at Milwaukie City Hall and Juli Howard’s home. Howard resigned soon after the investigation began.

Police said there is no evidence that any other city employees were involved or that Howard had any outside accomplices.

“The City of Milwaukie and the Milwaukie Police Department take very seriously any allegation of misconduct or criminal behavior,” said police chief Bob Jordan.

Police did not say how much money she is accused of stealing, but a first degree theft charge means a suspect allegedly stole more than $1,000.

Howard was arrested Wednesday and taken to the Clackamas County Jail. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Bail was set at $150,000.