Troy, Mo. - For all intents and purposes, the battle between Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Karla Allsberry and 45th Circuit Court Presiding Judge Patrick Flynn has finally come to an end.
On Oct. 6, a Cole County judge appointed by the Missouri State Supreme Court issued a permanent injunction officially barring Flynn from preventing her from performing her duties and barring her from the Lincoln County Justice Center, returning the case to the original court of record.
Presiding Judge Jon Beetem also ordered Flynn to take all steps necessary to remove Allsberry from administrative leave, according to the injunction.
“I am very grateful,” Allsberry said. “I love my country and Lincoln County. It is an honor to serve the people as Circuit Clerk.
“I am pleased that the courts have ruled in my favor.”
On Sept. 14, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Flynn’s suspension of Karla Allsberry for more than half of her four-year term as the elected Lincoln County Circuit Clerk, as well as her ban from all but the common areas of the Justice Center, amounted to a de facto removal of Allsberry from office.
Beetem was appointed to replace Judge Richard Callahan, who ruled in February Flynn should not have suspended Allsberry, but did not have the power to reinstate her.
Callahan’s second ruling was overturned by the Missouri Court of Appeals and upheld by Supreme Court, but he has since retired from the bench.
A spokesperson for the Missouri Attorney General’s office, which represented Flynn, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the injunction.