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Former Tieton City Councilwoman arrested for stealing from school district

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HIGHLAND, WA- A former Tieton City Councilwoman was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing from the Highland School District.

Staci Fordahl is a well-known name in the communities of Tieton and Highland, partly because until July of last year she was an employee of the Highland School District.

The Highland School District Superintendent says Fordahl was fired from her job in accounts payable on suspicion of embezzlement, fraud, and forgery.  He says her arrest stemmed from a six-month investigation by law enforcement and the state auditor's office.  She's accused of stealing around $20,000-$25,000.  It's not a colossal sum, but as the superintendent told KNDO, it means a lot to their community.

"It's an amount that's important to the school district, it's taxpayer money.  It's a small community, small school, I think that when this becomes more public, I think there will be hurt feelings", says Mark Anderson Highland School District Superintendent. 

Superintendent Anderson says that once the legal proceedings have played out, the school district will look for Fordahl to pay restitution for the money she allegedly stole.  In addition to her time on the Tieton City Council serving as Mayor Pro Tem, Fordahl is known for organizing the annual Highland Days celebration.

Staci Fordahl has been released from the Yakima County Jail is scheduled to make a preliminary appearance in court Monday.