Finance clerk accused of setting City Hall on fire

Finance clerk accused of setting City Hall on fire
A KVAL News viewer photo of the Mill City fire

MILL CITY, Ore. - The city employee injured in an arson fire at City Hall last September has been charged with intentionally setting the fires in an attempt to hide evidence she misused city funds.

Joy Marie Cronin, 47, of Gates was arrested Thursday by Linn County Sheriff's Deputies on a warrant. A grand jury indicted Cronin on three counts of first-degree arson.

Cronin was employed as the Mill City finance clerk at the time of the fire.

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She was injured in the blaze and was treated at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

The investigation revealed that Cronin is suspected of misuse of city funds and started the fire to destroy evidence, the sheriff's office said. Additional financial crime charges are likely.

The length of the investigation is due to the complexity of the case and the number of agencies involved, Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said.

The Sheriff's Office got help with the investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.