Former director pleads guilty to records tampering

Posted on March 14, 2014

HOLSTEIN, Iowa — A former Iowa transportation director has pled guilty to tampering with bus records, the Associated Press (AP) reports.   

Fifty-two-year-old Douglas Wessling will reportedly receive two years of probation and an order to pay a $1,000 fine.

As SBF reported last fall, Wessling resigned as the transportation director of Galva-Holstein Community School District after state inspectors were notified by a driver at the district that at least one bus was still being used, even though a service door with broken glass, which had been cited in a state inspection, had gone unrepaired past the 30 days granted by the state.

Upon further inspection, state officials found two other buses that had issues that had not been repaired, despite Wessling notifying the state otherwise. He was arrested at that time on three counts of tampering with records, which is an aggravated misdemeanor.

To read the full story from AP, click here.

Related Topics: inspections, Iowa

Comments ( 1 )
  • Dan Luttrell

     | about 3 years ago

    SAY IT AIN"T SO !!! You have got to go to more trouble than it is worth trying to cover up something like this - it would have been much easier to have just fixed the issues. I've seen much worse. Been to the board members and attended board meeting and spoke about the issues. Things were not the way they should have been with student safety yet I stepped up and done what I thought was right. Malfeasance, misfeasance and non-feasance applies to those voted into an office or appointed to an office. State's Attorney General offices are a good place to ask legal questions when you are trying to correct an issue locally and those local officials are the ones who may be committing crimes. Only the Attorney General's Office can direct you on proper procedure in political wrong doing issues. Been there and done that. What also surprises me is only one person made the report or may be I read this wrong. Who else there doen't care about the safety of school buses and the students transported on board? Please follow up on this story in the future articles. Dan - Indiana.

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