WHEATFIELD – The Wheatfield Town Board has called a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall to consider a settlement with the town’s suspended recreation director.
Town Attorney Robert O’Toole said Friday that the disciplinary hearing against Edward Sturgeon was called off Thursday, as the sides reached an agreement. O’Toole and Sturgeon’s attorney, Charles J. Naughton, said they would not discuss the terms until after the board approves the deal.
Sturgeon was suspended from his job in June after a state audit showed $1,639 in cash receipts from the Fairmount Park concession stand between 2009 and this year could not be accounted for. Sturgeon, who was recreation director for nine years, was not accused of stealing the money but rather of keeping such poor records that it could not be found.
Naughton said after the first session of the hearing on Nov. 25 that money was found after the suspension in a coffee can in Sturgeon’s desk and an envelope in a refrigerator.