Village of Lithopolis Fiscal Officer Sandy Casey resigned in July following allegations of wrongdoing.
"Ms. Casey chose to resign instead of facing a hearing before village council," according to Lithopolis Mayor Eric Sandine. "The Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office and the Auditor of the State of Ohio have been notified, and the village will be following their recommendations. The fiscal officer carried a position bond and, at this time, the village is not in jeopardy of loss or financial exposure."
Casey was hired in January 2006 with an annual salary of around $26,000. Prior to that time, the village had council clerk and treasurer elected positions. Approximately 10 years ago the pair of positions was combined into a single elected office. Legislative action allowed the village to create an appointed fiscal officer position, which was held part-time by another individual before Casey was hired on full-time status.
According to Sandine, his administrative assistant, Jacinita Seagraves, is serving on an interim basis as fiscal officer, pending further action, in order to provide financial continuity and conduct village business. Due to the ongoing investigation, specifics regarding the case were not disclosed.
"We’ll have to wait and see what happens with the case," commented Sandine, "but information will be released through the (village) newsletter."