continued Wickham said that since they discovered the theft, "every effort" was taken to recover the funds and minimize the damage to Company No. 3 in South Bethlehem.
"We have changed our financial reporting and called for an extensive audit of all department funds," Wickman said. "In addition, with the recent consolidation of the companies to one department, the District is confident this will prevent any future thefts of department funds.”
Wickman said Burns was asked to step-down form her position as treasurer several months ago when she was unable to provide financial statements to Company No.3's president. When the financial statement's were received, the numbers "didn't add up" and Burns was terminated as an active, volunteer member within the company immediately. The Selkirk Fire Department consists of three companies in Selkirk, Glenmont and South Bethlehem.
"We want to make sure this doesn't happen again," said Wickham. "The members are very upset about this. It's one thing to lose the money, but hurts even more when it comes from one of their own."
The district is now looking into how to recoup the money.
The investigation is still open with additional charges are pending.