Three Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center officials were fired Thursday by the center's governing board after the board heard a report from the interim management team.
Derek Timms, Allen Fife and Jim Schwartz were terminated because of their "wrongdoings" at the center, said Wasatch County Commissioner Pete Coleman, but specific charges have not yet been made against the three."With the recommendations made by the investigative team; the board felt justified in the decision," Coleman siad.
The interim management team recommended that Schwartz remain on the staff, but the authority board "wanted to be more consistent in their decisions and dismissed all three employees, Coleman said.
Timms, Fife and Schwartz were suspended April 4 along with five other center administrators after a state legislative auditor's report charged that they misused more than $3.5 milion in public funds.
Utah County Commissioner Gary Anderson said the three will be asked to pay back personal expenses incurred on center credit cards, but that amount won't be revealed until the county auditor's office knows the exact figures. "They are working on it right now and pursuing it vigorously," he said.
The terminations can be appealed to the Utah County Career Service Council.
Deanna Westwood is the only suspended official who hasn't yet appeared before the authority board. The authority board--consisting of UtaH, Wasatch and Summit county commissioners--also approved allowing the interim management team to begin recruiting candidates to fill the executive director position by the end of June.
"We need to get someone hired as soon as possible," interim director David Dangerfield said.
"I suggest we begin the process and make the decision in a fairly expeditious manner."