- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - A former southeast Iowa parks and recreation department director has been charged with theft, criminal conduct, and misconduct in office.

Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille (DIHL’-ee) said Friday that the charges were filed Thursday against Derik Wulfekuhle (WOLF’-kool), who’d been Fairfield parks director until resigning in March 2016.

A state report says auditors have identified nearly $28,000 in improper and unsupported disbursements by the department, including personal purchases made by Wulfekuhle. He’s acknowledged using a city credit card for the purchases.

It’s unclear how Wulfekuhle will plead to the allegations. A Fairfield number listed for him is disconnected. Wulfekuhle’s attorney, Paul Miller, says his client intends to pay back the money and has been cooperating with authorities.

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