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May 25, 2020

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Ada council dismisses its fiscal officer

Action followed a one-hour executive session

Crystal Huffer, Ada village fiscal officer, was dismissed from her employment with the Village of Ada during action in a special council meeting held April 12.

The action resulted following a one-hour executive session by Ada council members prior to the open session of the meeting.

Council president Don Fleming moved and Jeff Oestreich seconded a motion for Huffer’s dismissal.

According to minutes from the meeting, the dismissal was “due to misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance, each of which is a  group III offense as per the Village’s Policy and Procedure Manual.”

The minutes also stated that Huffer failed to report inaccuracies in the books and concealed that she had inaccuracies in the books. She also failed to accurately report payroll to the IRS and incurred penalties and interest as a result.

Continuing, the minutes stated: “Crystal concealed that she failed to make these reports and that penalties and interest were imposed.”

In a separate motion, Fleming moved that Huffer receive only what is required by law. Terry Keiser seconded that motion and with no discussion that motion passed.

On April 16 Ada council hired Nancy Kindle as a part-time fiscal officer for the village. She was hired to work between 20 and 30 hours each week. She is also the fiscal officer of the Ada-Liberty Joint Ambulance District. She previously served as fiscal officer for the Village of Bluffton.