Mississippi auditor says school superintendent was overpaid, must repay $34,000

Published 10:40 am Friday, August 21, 2020

The Mississippi state auditor’s office has ordered a school district superintendent to repay more than $30,000 in salary overpayments.

The office of State Auditor Shad White wrote in an Aug. 10 letter that Benton County School District Superintendent LaKimberly Gallager-Hobson owed about $34,574, The Daily Journal reported this week.

Gallager-Hobson denied intentional wrongdoing and said she was “beyond floored” by the accusations. She said she will not step down from her position and that she will fully reimburse the sum.

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“To say I’m hurt is an understatement, to be accused of taking something from the very children that I so adore. I have nothing to hide. Absolutely nothing,” the newspaper quoted Gallager-Hobson as saying.

A spokesperson for the state auditor told the Daily Journal that from January to June, Gagllager-Hobson was paid performance incentives that she was not yet eligible to receive.

The superintendent said the auditor’s office has not returned a phone call seeking an explanation of the overpayments.