The city of Hartford’s treasurer on Friday submitted a letter of resignation, following her arrest in May on suspicion of felony theft by deception.
Janice Keller, 58, was arrested May 6 on suspicion of felony theft by deception and released from the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 signature bond. An arrest warrant affidavit states Keller fraudulently obtained an amount greater than $1,000 but less than $5,000 sometime between January and December last year.
Keller is accused of giving herself a $1,500 weekly raise that the Hartford City Council did not approve. The council did not discuss a raise for Keller during its January 2013 budget meeting, the affidavit states.
On Friday, Keller officially resigned with a letter addressed to Hartford Mayor Bob Rosso and the Hartford City Council:
"It is with deep regret that I feel I must resign my position as city recorder-treasurer, effective 6-27-14. If there is anything I can do to help with this transition I am willing to do so," the letter states.
Hartford Water Clerk Terri McDaniel said Rosso will appoint a replacement recorder/treasurer, pending approval from the City Council. The replacement would serve the rest of Keller’s four-year term, which ends in 2016.
The appointed recorder/treasurer would be eligible to run for the position during the November 2016 elections, should he or she choose to seek office. Candidates must be residents of Hartford, McDaniel said.
Keller’s June 18 preliminary hearing was rescheduled to Sept. 10 at Sebastian County District Court in Greenwood, according to a courthouse official.