BARSTOW — The investigation into allegations of impropriety at Barstow Community College continues nearly three months since it was launched, but Superintendent/President Dr. Deborah DiThomas remains hopeful that it will be finished before her contract expires in June.
In December, the college Board of Trustees approved hiring attorney Maria Aarvig of Creason & Aarvig LLP to conduct the investigation, previous Desert Dispatch reports said. A terminated data analyst for BCC, Susan Rollinson, provided the impetus for the probe, accusing college employees and managers of illegal and potentially fraudulent acts.
The investigation began in January, and college spokesperson Chris Clarke said DiThomas is "very disappointed" that it still has not been completed.
“George Walters, former V.P. of Administrative Services, finished his work at the college on April 14th with the matter still unresolved, and Dr. DiThomas is concluding her contract with the district at the end of June,” Clarke said.
DiThomas expects she and the management team at BCC “will be fully exonerated of all of the slanderous accusations made by Rollinson and Olguin during their statements to the board in December.”
At the December meeting, Rollinson said she was fired after trying to report fraudulent data reporting by the college. She claimed she reported to DiThomas and others that BCC was submitting data fraudulently to the chancellor’s office.
Phil Harris, the BCC board president, said in January that the length and cost of the investigation are unknown. He did respond to requests for an update on the timeline on Friday.
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