Aspen School District, HR director part ways
The Aspen School District announced Wednesday that Human Resources Director Elizabeth Hodges has agreed to resign effective Jan. 31 “with no additional salary or severance payments beyond this date.”
The announcement comes after Superintendent John Maloy said Dec. 10 he had placed Hodges on paid administrative leave, which came after the school district’s attorneys conducted a background review of Hodges.
The district’s examination into Hodges’ background began near the beginning of the academic year, around late August or early September, after it learned in July through an anonymous letter that the state of Missouri disbarred Hodges in April.
The Aspen Times, which also learned about the disbarment through an anonymous letter, additionally reported in August that Hodges was served with a grand jury indictment out of Kansas City, Missouri, on May 31, 2016. Her first day on the job as the district’s HR director was July 1, 2016, and the school district conducted its initial background check into Hodges in March 2016, Maloy previously told the Times.
She did not reveal the indictment to her school district superiors before taking on the HR job.
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Hodges pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of deceptive business practices in December 2016 and this month she completed a two-year probation sentence in Missouri. She was originally indicted for felony forgery, according to court records.
The conviction was the result of her selling a deceased couple’s Kia Soul to a dealership without reporting proceeds of the sale in their probate case. As an attorney, Hodges helped the couple with their estate planning.
Hodges also faces fraud allegations in her personal bankruptcy case in Colorado. That case is pending.
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