Nearly one week after learning of the suspension, Janet Wallace offered her side of the story.
On Friday, Brazil City Clerk/Treasurer Tracy Webster suspended Wallace, who serves in the office. Her official duties as deputy clerk/treasurer include handling taxes and payroll.
On Wednesday, Wallace said she had not been notified of her suspension until she was informed by people who knew her who had read the story in Saturday's issue of The Brazil Times.
"Until then, I had no idea," Wallace said. "It already came out in the paper and I did not know it."
Wallace was suspended by Webster after it was learned that there were four separate occasions where city taxes had been paid late.
On Wednesday, Wallace said she never denied the mistakes that were made. However, she said she informed her superior of the incidents.
"I went straight to her and told her," Wallace said. "I believe in telling the truth. Each time I found that taxes hadn't been transferred in time, I told her.
"I would always tell Tracy and we would work on it together."
Webster had told The Brazil Times that State Board of Accounts Auditor Sharon Cooprider had told her last week that, during a routine audit, she found there were four occasions where city taxes were paid late.
Webster then said that she, Wallace and Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw met with the auditor, and, according to Webster, Wallace apologized for the incidents.
Still, Wallace was officially suspended Friday without pay but was allowed to keep her insurance, pending the outcome of the situation. She said she received her suspension notice at her home through a second party.
"I'm just dumbfounded," Wallace said. "I was shocked, because (Webster) had knowledge of it. It just floored me."
On Wednesday, Wallace said in each incident, taxes were paid nine days late. She added that penalties have already been paid and that they were paid within a specific timeframe.
"It was just transferred late," Wallace said.