Generally speaking, a bond guarantees the honesty and faithful performance of a public official’s duties. Bonds protect the interest of taxpayers.
The question revolves around the alleged wrongdoing by former city clerk/treasurer MaDonna Hornback. She has been indicted on 54 counts of abuse of public trust; and one count of theft by unlawful taking – but she is considered innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.
As city clerk/treasurer, Hornback was bonded.