(Richmond, IN)--A Wayne County Commissioner is the subject of foreclosure efforts by a local bank totaling nearly three quarters of a million dollars. Early this month, First Bank filed a foreclosure notice against Ken and Linda Paust and Paust, Incorporated. Ten years ago, Paust’s wife, Linda, signed a promissory note of $800,000 connected to a tract of land on Salisbury Road. The loan was to be paid back in monthly installments with a balloon payment due in 2016. First Bank alleges that the Pausts did not make monthly payments and is exercising its right to call for the entire amount, which now stands at $733,000. Ken Paust offered an explanation Sunday night. Paust said that he had sold part of the land on contract and that the buyer had failed to make payments. He said that allowing the loan to go through the foreclosure process was the easiest way to allow First Bank to obtain a clear title. The nearly foreclosure case has been assigned to a special judge. Last week, Rush County Judge David Northam was assigned to hear the case. Wayne County Clerk Debra Berry had been notified that every Wayne County judge would recuse him or herself based on Paust’s status as a county commissioner. Paust last week was given until April 28 to respond to First Bank’s filing.