Clarkston councilwoman Swaney resigns after indictment
10/22/2013, 3:19 p.m.
Joan Swaney has resigned her seat on the Clarkston City Council, indicating she did not want her pending legal issues to cause any embarrassment to the community or the Council.
Swaney, 68, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 17 for allegedly embezzling more than $50,000 for two years from the Clarkston Community Center. Her arraignment is set for Friday Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. in U.S. District court Judge E. Clayton Scofield's courtroom.
In an Oct. 22 statement announcing Swaney's departure from the City Council, Mayor Emanuel Ransom said the indictment is a legal issue that involves Swaney and her former employer and does not involve city finances.
“Our cash handling and fiscal policies are sound and the city has not had any issues with our finances,” Ransom said.
Swaney was the office manager at the Clarkston Community Center from 2003 until December 2012. She is accused of using the money to help pay for family vacation, medical bills, personal car repair, a boat charter and other personal expenses.
The missing funds were identified during an internal audit conducted in 2012.
The indictment said Swaney wrote checks to herself from the community center’s bank account, forged the signature of the director on checks, then deposited those forged checks into her personal account.
Swaney, a 35-year Clarkston resident , had been on the City Council since 2010. She served as the city’s vice mayor in 2012.
Her term expires in December, 2103. She is not seeking re-election.