A grand jury has decided not to indict Lois Wulfhoop on a felony charge of unlawful interest in a public contract.
The Ohio Ethics Commission investigated the former Wellington school board member over allegations related to the hiring of her husband, Tim Wulfhoop, as the district’s business manager.
Several members of the Wellington school board as well as former superintendent John Nolan and former treasurer Brad McCracken were called before the grand jury Dec. 14 at the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.
“Absent some other new information or evidence, the matter is done,” said Lorain County prosecutor Dennis Will, who said he couldn’t comment further because the jury meets behind closed doors.
Tim Wulfhoop was terminated from his position in Wellington this past April after it was found he lacked proper state licensing for the job. He had worked as business manager since June 2014 and was responsible for transportation, food service, as well as reporting Wellington’s enrollment numbers to the state.
He was hired by the Olmsted Falls school district May 20 to be in charge of records and data collection.
Lois Wulfhoop resigned from the Wellington school board this past August, saying she had unexpectedly sold her home in the village.
School board member Ayers Ratliff accused Lois Wulfhoop of “paving the way” for her husband to be hired and said the school board decided far in advance that the newly-created business manager job would go to her husband.
Ratliff said Diana Goody, who served as food service director when the business manager search began, was told by Nolan that she could not apply for the position because she lacked the state license, which would mean the district was aware of the requirements needed.
He added that he also brought the issue to the attention of former interim superintendent Stan Mounts, as well as former district treasurers McCracken and Michael Pissini.
Dennis Mock, who served as district superintendent from Spring 2015 until July of this year, declined to comment in April when asked if the licensing issue had been brought to his attention before the inquiry.
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Staff photos Former Wellington school board member Lois Wulfhoop will not be indicted on a felony charge from The Ohio Ethics Commission stemming from the hiring of her husband, Tim Wulfhoop, as Wellington Schools’s business manager in 2014.