Willard schools employee accused of theft

Cary Ashby • Mar 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

The Willard Police Department is investigating a suspected theft involving a former employee of Willard City Schools.

"An employee has been accused of stealing $200," Chief Mark Holden said, referring to an incident involving ticket sales. "I think it was basketball tickets."

The Reflector isn't naming the suspect because she hasn't been charged.

Detective Jeremy Draper conducted several interviews after police received the theft complaint.

A pre-disciplinary meeting was held March 3. In attendance were the employee, Willard High School Principal Chris Schaaf, OAPSE officials and district treasurer Cynthia Shoup.

"She retired effective March 7," said Shoup, who was advised of the situation the previous day.

"I received a call from the superintendent. That would have been Thursday, March 6," Shoup added.

The employee's retirement/resignation letter is dated March 7.

"Please be advised that by tendering my retirement, I am making no admission of guilt or wrongdoing with respect to the school district's investigation of the events of Feb. 14, 2014 and (I) reserve any rights I may have under (the) law with respect thereto," the woman wrote in her letter.

Superintendent Jeff Ritz had made a finding in which he had recommended to the school board that the employee be terminated and also offered the woman to avoid it by an "irrevocable resignation," according to a local media report.

"After listening to what you and your attorney had to say the (predisciplinary) meeting, I find that you did take approximately $200 from the gate receipts at a Willard City School District event ... without permission to do so on Feb. 14, 2014," Ritz wrote.

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