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April 4, 2013

Warrant issued for former Elwood parks official

ELWOOD, Ind. — An ongoing legal saga between city officials just added another chapter.

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Elwood Parks Superintendent Dan Nance. According to Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna, the warrant was issued Wednesday night, and Nance faces a charge of failure to deposit public funds, a Class B felony. His bond has been set at $20,000.

“The state police issued the charges after receiving some information from the State Board of Accounts,” Hanna said. “It’s been an eight-month investigation. The information was turned over to the prosecutor’s office for further review, and charges were later filed.”

Hanna said the state police have been in contact with Nance’s attorney and he’s hopeful Nance will turn himself in sometime today.

Nance and Mayor Ron Arnold have a history of conflict dating back to 2011.

Dan Nance, who served as superintendent of Elwood Parks Department for 13 years, was suspended by Arnold in March as part of the investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds by Nance and the parks department.

The Indiana State Board of Accounts, which audits all government agencies in the state, launched an investigation over the next few months.

In July, the board found that more than $8,000 in receipts for parks-related expenses were unaccounted for in 2011, before Arnold took office.

Nance told the board he had paid cash for temporary employees and supplies. The expenses couldn’t be verified because there were no receipts.

In August, Arnold offered Nance a chance to return to his job if he returned the funds and issued a public apology. Nance refused and was terminated in September.

In January, Nance and attorney Scott Barnhart filed a tort claim against Arnold, claiming his reputation and character had been damaged. Nance requested $300,000 in compensation for what he calls a “politically motivated and retaliatory suspension and firing” by Arnold.

Barnhart could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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