One week prior to the election, the Washington County Board of Elections Director has resigned following her arrest on embezzlement charges.
Tara Hupp of State Route 26 initially denied any wrongdoing, but then admitted she had taken about $40,000 in Marietta Tiger Boosters Club funds over several years. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, she did this by making checks out to cash, endorsing them, and placing the funds in her personal account. Hupp was treasurer of the club for the past ten years.
Following her arrest, Hupp resigned her post as director of the Washington County Board of Elections. It is expected that her position will remain open until after the election.
Deputy Director Peggy Byers explained that the job must be advertised and interviews must be conducted before the position can be filled.
“I would imagine they want to be speedy about it, but it’s going to take some time,” Byers said.