SUNMAN – At the beginning of the Nov. 21 Sunman Town Council meeting President Wayne Jenner said, “You’ll notice that one person is missing from our meeting, clerk-treasurer Kris Schneider.”
Member “Jared (Wolf) and I were handed a letter today (around 4 p.m.) from her saying she resigned from her position,” he revealed.
Schneider pled guilty to the charge of public official misconduct and was sentenced Nov. 1 in Ripley County Superior Court by special Judge Jon Webster of Jennings County Circuit Court.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Dec. 13, 2012, in Ripley Superior Court, an audit of the town’s financial records was completed by the Indiana State Board of Accounts in June 2012. The document stated Schneider had used the town’s credit card for eight personal purchases totaling $1,786.02 in 2009; seven purchases totaling $1,317.65 in 2010; and two purchases adding up to $525.20 in 2011.
She refunded the entire amount to the town May 24, 2012, and paid audit expenses to the ISBA for the same amount the affidavit revealed.
At the sentencing, the charge was reduced to a Class A misdemeanor, and she has to serve one year of reporting probation.
At the meeting, Jenner stated, “It’s been a pretty tough time with everyone involved in Sunman. That is behind us now, and we’ll move forward.”
He said the Ripley County Republican Party will be responsible for choosing someone to take over the clerk-treasurer position.
Neither county Republican Party chairperson Ginger Bradford nor Schneider could be reached for comment.
In other news, members agreed to sign the annual contract with the Sunman Rural Fire Department. They will pay a total of $17,444, which will be divided into two semi-annual payments.
Chief Bill Craig asked about using the former Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Special Education Cooperative building for firefighter training. He showed members a copy of a waiver and release form, which would be signed by each individual firefighter each time he or she trains there. This would keep the town from being responsible if someone was injured.
Marshal Bill Dramann reported that two of the four arrests made over the past month were drug related. “We would like to thank the citizens who helped” in apprehending the subject who ran on foot while the children were trick-or-treating. “It was a situation where someone could have gotten hurt, but a Taser was used, and it paid for itself in that situation.”
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.