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WCPS Statement Regarding Employee Arrest & Operations Department Investigation

This past May, the district approached the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office with concerns about possible thefts of custodial supplies from within the WCPS Operations Department. To help support investigative efforts, the superintendent’s office and the support services office, worked openly and fully cooperated with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. As a result of the law enforcement investigation, Michael Hobbs, the WCPS Operations Department warehouse foreman, has been charged with larceny by employee. Mr. Hobbs, who has been employed by WCPS since December 2009, was placed on unpaid administrative leave on August 30, 2018.

“We appreciate the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for its support and attention to detail in this investigation,” states Michael Dunsmore, WCPS superintendent. “As a public entity, we have a responsibility to be fiscally responsible and maintain the highest integrity in all areas of our school operations. As such, the district is currently auditing its protocols and safeguards in the areas of warehouse shipping and receiving, and will address any areas of concern to better protect custodial supplies and other inventories from potential theft or mismanagement.”

[WCSO Release]

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