Parker Town manager Lori Wedemeyer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending ongoing investigations by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Auditor General’s Office. City council put Wedemeyer on leave in a special meeting and executive session on Friday, October 22.
In a statement, council said City Clerk Amy Putnam will serve as interim city manager until an interim can be appointed at the next regular council meeting, which is scheduled for November 2.
“The city is cooperating fully with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and has no further information to share on the ongoing investigation,” the council statement said.
The council’s decision came two days after Sheriff’s Deputies for Yuma and La Paz counties served search warrants and removed items from Wedemeyer’s town hall and home as part of the investigation.
Pioneer’s attempts to contact Wedemeyer were unsuccessful.
A Parker town employee was fired on Friday, September 24, amid unspecified allegations of embezzlement. The Arizona Auditor General’s office interviewed the employee the day before, September 23. In a city press release, it was stated that the employee was dismissed based on this interview and direct communication between the city administration and the employee.
Jennifer Alcaida has been mentioned in social media posts as the suspected city employee.
Parker Police Chief Mike Bailey said the case was under investigation by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. He said that due to those involved, the decision was made that an agency outside of La Paz County should take care of the investigation.