Administrative assistant Kate Weybracht still on paid administrative leave
"It's easy for people who are politically ambitious to throw around terms such as 'corrupt' ... when so many people come here and give 110 percent every day." – Dave Lair
Geauga County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously voted to terminate the employment of Geauga County Transit Director of Transportation Kristina Reider following a 25-minute executive session with county Prosecutor Jim Flaiz.
That action and two others were the result of the Geauga County Transit department being raided last Thursday morning. The raid was part of a pending criminal investigation, Flaiz told the Geauga County Maple Leaf.
Flaiz, who was on scene at the transit department offices at 12555 Merritt Road in Munson Township, said Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents from Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office served a search warrant at approximately 10 a.m.
“Computers and financial records were seized, however, no arrests have been made at this time,” Flaiz said in a news release.
“The (Geauga County) Treasurer’s Office alerted us to some irregularities at the transit department several weeks ago,” Flaiz said. “As this is an ongoing criminal investigation, I cannot comment further at this time.”
Geauga County Commissioner Blake Rear and county Administrator David Lair were seen meeting with Reider last Thursday afternoon.
Lair placed Reider and administrative assistant Kate Weybracht on administrative leave at that time, pending the investigation, Flaiz said.
Tuesday commissioners voted to keep administrative assistant Kate Weybracht on paid leave and, in a separate action, named Mike Kasper as interim acting director of transportation. Commissioners made no other comments regarding the investigation.
An anonymous caller alerted the Maple Leaf around 10:30 a.m. Thursday of the suspected raid.
Dave Lair, county administrator, said the raid and termination are unfortunate for the county and for the honest employees who give their best.
“It’s easy for people who are politically ambitious to throw around terms such as ‘corrupt’ … when so many people come here and give 110 percent every day,” he said.
Geauga County Transit is a public transit system funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Geauga County Board of Commissioners and users.
Additional funding is provided through contracts with agencies to provide the transportation necessary to maintain their programs.
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