Calhoun Magistrate Steve Johnson, according to court officials, is reportedly having problems over alleged misuse of funds in his office account.

Reports regarding Johnson's problems have circulated in the community for several days, most of them containing misinformation or unconfirmed accounts.

A Supreme Court audit of the local magistrate offices, which went back about two years, indicated minor problems in Johnson's office related to bank deposits.

Johnson has not been in his office since last week. An investigator has been at the Calhoun courthouse.

He has not been charged with wrongdoing.

Johnson's immediate supervisor, Circuit Judge Thomas Evans III of Spencer, was unavailable for comment, being in court this week.

Johnson, a well-liked and active community person, has served as magistrate for a number of years. He is now into this third term, after being re-elected in 2000.

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