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Schools facilities director resigns

 

Administrators not saying if Darrell Gettys was forced to quit following allegations against him and his wife

Lincoln Times-News Staff

Lincoln County Schools Facilities Director Darrell Gettys has resigned, according to Board of Education Chair Candy Burgin.

“I can confirm that Mr. Gettys has resigned effective (Tuesday) to pursue other avenues,” Burgin wrote in an email to the Times-News on Wednesday.

“The Board wishes him the best. We will be working closely with (Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle) to ensure all current projects are being managed.”

Gettys has been the subject of allegations of misconduct from a schools employee who has been placed on leave; some of those claims have been aired recently in another area publication.

The same employee, David Lutz, swore out a criminal summons against Gettys’ wife, Crystal Gettys, on Monday.

Asked about the situation, she issued a brief statement to the Times-News on Thursday, saying, “The allegations against me are false and the information in the local publication is inaccurate.”

Asked about whether Darrell Gettys’ resignation was voluntary or came in response to pressure from administration or board members, school officials have said legal constraints prevent them answering.

“As in the case of any resignation, personnel law prohibits me from discussing any circumstances surrounding Mr. Gettys’ resignation,” Hoyle wrote in an email to the Times-News.

Burgin characterized the resignation as “unexpected” and noted that board members cannot dismiss someone in his position; that action would have had to come from administration.

The Times-News issued a further request for public records in this case late Thursday, but school officials did not have time to respond prior to publication.

School administrators and board members were notified of the situation late Tuesday in an email from Hoyle.

“We wanted to inform you that Darrell Gettys has resigned his position with Lincoln County Schools,” she wrote. “He has served this district for nine years and has chosen to pursue his Professional Engineers License.

“Effectively immediately, please contact Randy Putnam for facility/maintenance needs or issues that may arise.”

In an email to the Times-News on Thursday, Hoyle discussed the plans for a transition, “During the immediate interim, current staff will work with individuals in order to ensure continued support for the current construction projects and the facility needs of the schools. As we move forward, we will be examining the matter and will make a determination in the future on whether to fill the vacancy due to the wrapping up of the bond projects.”

Gettys had been overseeing an effort to install enhanced security measures at each school following concerns about protecting against armed intruders.

It’s unclear how the timing of his resignation relates to the criminal summons issued to his wife, who is assistant director and business development director for the Lincoln Economic Development Association.

Lutz’s sworn statement before the magistrate accuses Crystal Gettys of misdemeanor communicating threats.

According to the summons, Lutz claims she threatened him, saying “I’ll get you, you’ll be sorry, I’ll ruin your life.”

It’s not clear whether, even if true, that would constitute criminal communication of threats.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has said it’s not conducting an investigation of those allegations and the matter is between Lutz and Crystal Gettys. The matter has been assigned a March 1 court date.

Staff Writers Sarah Lowery and Jenna-Ley Harrison and Managing Editor Frank Taylor contributed to this report.

 

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