Officials open $21,000 investigation of Johnson City Secretary
August 23, 2013, 3:45 pm by Emily Zendt
According to City Manager Dawn Capra, Johnson City secretary Stacy Castillo resigned in-person at a special meeting of the city council last night after allegedly admitting to writing and cashing $21,000 in unauthorized city checks.
"Last night the council had a special meeting and accepted her resignation,” Capra said. "She takes full responsibility; she ran into financial trouble and she apologized - she knew she had made a huge mistake.”
Castillo allegedly wrote two checks in the past few months; one for $6,000 written mid-summer and another for $15,000 in the first week of Aug. The city has been repaid $15,000 by Castillo who was hired in Aug. of last year.
Claims concerning the remaining $6,000 have been turned over to the Johnson City Police and the District Attorney.
City staff came across the $15,000 check while examining their accounts during the budget process.
"We trusted her with the back accounts,” she said. "I became Mayor in May and I worked pretty closely with her - it was totally out of character.”
Capra said city staff will present the council with a resolution outlining new internal procedures and oversights at their September meeting.
"I’m not sure how we are going to do it but we will probably
separate duties between the person that writes the checks and the person
balancing the checkbook.”
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