Community Concerned After Former Leader Of Gladwin City Housing Commission Charged With Embezzlement
A former executive director of the Gladwin City Housing Commission, facing embezzlement charges.
Julie Jarosiewicz is accused of embezzling more than $20,000 while serving as executive director.
Michigan State Police say Jarosiewicz was appointed executive director at the Gladwin City Housing Commission in July 2016.
Police say she stole the money shortly after.
“It’s hard to believe that something like that could happen in a great little town like Gladwin,” says Dan Barden, resident of Gladwin.
A community concerned, after hearing their former housing commission director is accused of stealing more than $20,000.
“Terrible, those people are put in their place through our trust in them and they are betraying that trust and that’s a pretty high trust and honor to be in a position like that,” says Barden.
Jarosiewicz is charged with embezzlement by an agent or trustee of between $20,000 and $50,000 and embezzling by a public official.
We reached out to the housing commission Friday.
They didn’t want to talk and gave us a statement instead, reading,
“On behalf of the Board of Commissioners of the Gladwin City Housing Commission, we express our sincere disappointment at the allegations against the Housing Commissions former Executive Director. The person against whom the allegations are raised no longer works for the Gladwin City Housing Commission and has not worked here for several months. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. In addition, we are conducting a thorough review internally to determine how we can improve our processes and institute additional checks and balances to avoid a similar situation in the future. The Board wants to reassure to the public that the Gladwin City Housing Commission does not expect to have to eliminate any programs or services as a result of this situation.”
“It’s pretty devastating I’ve been living through housing commission for almost ten years now and I feel like they help the public with housing for people who can’t afford expensive housing,” says Rebecca McDowell, Gladwin resident.
Right now it’s unclear what the money was intended for or how it was stolen.
But those like Rebecca McDowell who use the housing commission, say low income housing is a big need in Gladwin and she feels betrayed.
“I hope they can get to the bottom of it and somehow get some of that money back for the people for the community,” says McDowell.
Jarosiewicz resigned in June of this year.
She is expected to be back in court later this month.