EVIT superintendent indicted for misusing public money in former role
PHOENIX — The superintendent of a Mesa vocational school was indicted for misusing public money, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.
Chad Wilson, 49, heads the East Valley Institute of Technology, but the charges stem from his time as the superintendent of the Apache Junction Unified School District.
Wilson is accused of giving school staff more than $133,000 in compensation, including performance pay, without informing the district or getting approval.
According to the attorney general’s office, Wilson made these payments while the district was experiencing financial difficulties and cutting school programs.
Wilson, the head of the district from 2009 to 2017, was charged with one count of theft and three counts of misuse of public monies, both felonies.
Wilson became the interim superintendent of EVIT after the school’s board voted to place three of its top officials on administrative leave for an undisclosed reason in January.
The board appointed him to the position in July.
The career-training education district based in Mesa makes its programs available to high school students in the East Valley as well as adults.