Vandalism done to Hamburg Central School District Superintendent Richard Jetter is currently being questioned and under investigation.
HAMBURG — Hamburg Central School District Superintendent Richard Jetter has admitted to Hamburg police that he had been drinking with another administrator before he scraped a utility pole with his car on May 5. He told them he had left the bar with the administrator and walked back to her house to sober up. It was after leaving her home that he hit the utility pole that caused the damage he then blamed on vandalism related to board turmoil.
On July 25, Jetter was officially served with a criminal summons for falsely reporting the vandalism to his car that occurred on May 6. The superintendent was placed on paid administrative leave on July 23, during a special meeting called early that morning. Colleen Kaney and Barbara Sporyz were appointed acting superintendents. Board Member Schrauth Forcucci voted against the motion.
That action comes after questions were raised about the damage to Jetter’s car that occurred on May 6, in which his car was vandalized and a note was left under his windshield saying, “Watch your back, you [expletive] sleezebag.”
An investigation undertaken by a private investigator, Kenneth Bambach, hired by Schrauth Forcucci’s lawyer, Margaret Murphy, revealed that Jetter’s car was damaged prior to that meeting. Murphy took photographs of the car to several automobile collision experts who have signed depositions saying that it struck a utility pole, and was not hit by another car, before Jetter’s confession.
A rally was held in support of Jetter, following that incident, in which he said, “They can bust up my car, but they’re not going to break us.”
Jetter’s house in Tonawanda was also egged, the next day.
Both instances of vandalism were cited in the New York State Supreme Court as one reason to keep the misconduct hearing against Schrauth Forcucci closed to the public. At the time, Murphy cited her concern over how reports of vandalism would affect the proceedings.
Vandalism and intimidation have been brought up throughout the misconduct hearings, which were opened to the public, and Jetter has said several times that he feels threatened, in the district.
Jetter is scheduled to appear in Hamburg Village Court on Aug. 6.
An attorney for the district is speaking to several sources, including Hamburg Middle School Principal Jennifer Giallella, in connection with the events that transpired, both on May 5 and 6.
This story is developing, and more information will be added as it becomes available.