The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 4, 2014

BREAKING: Sheriff: More charges expected against Career Tech chief

School superintendent starts termination process

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— Authorities said more charges are expected against the director of the Limestone County Career Technical Center, and the Limestone school system officially started the termination process this week.

Sheriff Mike Blakely and District Attorney Brian Jones each said they anticipate additional charges related to the ongoing investigation of thefts from the center.

Career Tech Director Mickey Glass, 41, of Elkmont was arrested Dec. 16, 2013, charged with first-degree theft of property and posted $5,000 bail the same day.

“I do expect there will be some other charges made in connection in this case by the first of next week,” Blakely said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation, and I’m not sure if (federal authorities) will also have charges relating to the case.”

Both Blakely and Jones declined to give specifics about the impending charges.

Glass is accused of misusing Career Tech funds to purchase equipment for personal use and to sell through online vendors, such as eBay and Craigslist.

Jones said the multiple-agency investigation involves “multiple items” purchased by online customers throughout the country.

The warrant for Glass’ December arrest lists $7,559 in stolen equipment, including a Toro lawnmower, chain saw and pool pump.

The third-year director, who earns approximately $90,000 per year, has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 12, according to schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk.

Sisk said prior to Tuesday’s board of education meeting, which occurred after press deadline, that he intended to ask the board to begin the process to terminate Glass’ employment as a tenured administrator.

Due to state laws, the superintendent said another meeting would be required to terminate Glass’ employment as a system employee.

Sisk said the investigation of the alleged thefts involves Glass’ entire tenure at the center, which began during the 2011-12 school year.

Chief School Finance Officer Ann Swanner said the school system switched to annual inventory audits last fall after the system previously conducted biannual reviews.

She said the system did its first annual review last fall, with the last biannual audit occurring in fall 2011.