Chatham County Probate Court Judge Harris Lewis testified on Tuesday that he first became aware of suspicions over missing money in his court during a Nov. 19 meeting with investigators, and conceded that a $289 check cashed by fired Chief Clerk Kim Birge was “stupid.”
Under questioning by County Attorney Jon Hart, Lewis testified he was shown documents “that there was a compromise, there was an issue, yes.”
“I’m certainly aware that lawsuits have been filed involving the loss of substantial amounts of money,” Lewis said. “I’m not a party in those lawsuits. …. I haven’t seen these, but I’m aware of them.”
Lewis also testified he relied on former clerk/court administrator Kim Birge in his office.
“I am a judge… a lawyer,” Lewis told Hart. “I am not an accountant.”