A third defendant connected to a lengthy investigation involving several former Armstrong , Iowa, city leaders has pled guilty to charges.

Online court records show Connie Thackery was originally charged with second and third degree theft, along with ongoing criminal conduct and non-felonious misconduct in February 2021 after an investigation by the State of Iowa found a number of irregularities during an investigation into the city’s finances.

Thackery, who served as Armstrong City Clerk until retiring in 2016, submitted a written guilty plea last month as part of a plea deal and is scheduled for sentencing Thursday, May 2nd.

Two other defendants in the case, former Mayor Greg Buum and Police Chief Craig Merrill, are still scheduled to go to in front of a jury later this year after successfully having their trials moved from Emmet to Clay County.