LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Neither Tabetha Coles nor her attorney showed up in person Tuesday for a court hearing discussing her potential removal as Fairfield Township trustee.
Instead, they both appeared via Zoom.
As we reported, the hearing comes after three separate elected councils approved measures calling for Coles’ removal.
Time is running out now as a judge must decide whether Coles can remain in office before his term expires at the end of the year. But there is a debate as to who that judge should be.
Last night, Coles’ attorney Alexandra Hawkins filed an eleventh-hour motion asking for a change of venue. She argued that the civil cases in which the county is a party should be moved to another location.
Tippecanoe County attorney Doug Masson argued the case was criminal, not civil, in nature. He adds that the county is not a party to the case but rather invokes state power.
Trisha Fogleman, a former township employee and outspoken critic of Coles, thinks Coles is dragging his feet.
“I think it was a ploy to drag this out a bit longer because there’s a paycheck at stake for her,” she says. “She’s going to take as long as possible to be removed from her post, but I’m confident it will happen.”
Fogleman was among the first former Coles employees to speak out against his questionable use of taxpayers’ money.
As we reported, statements show Coles used the township credit card for motivational classes, restaurant meals and a day at the spa.
Judge Sean Persin ruled on Tuesday to keep the case in Tippecanoe County but appoint a special judge.
An evidentiary hearing must take place within 20 days.