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Wulfekuhle pleads guilty to theft

Former Fairfield Parks and Recreation director Derik Wulfekuhle pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, a Class D felony.


Wulfekuhle entered his plea May 7. His sentencing will be 10:45 a.m. July 30.


Wulfekuhle requested a deferred judgment, which the state did not resist. His plea agreement required him to pay the city of Fairfield $16,815, which he had already paid at the time of his guilty plea.


He will be placed on supervised release for 5 years, and pay all penalties, surcharges and submit a DNA sample.


Wulfekuhle resigned from his position as park and rec director in March 2016. He was initially charged with first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct. An audit conducted by the Iowa State Auditor?s Office revealed that Wulfekuhle misspent more than $28,000 in city funds over several years.


The special investigation of the parks and recreation department covered the period from May 1, 2009, to March 7, 2016, the day Wulfekuhle resigned.


Wulfekuhle was hired as Fairfield?s park and rec director in September 2008, replacing Barry Dodd, who had held the position for 10 years. Calvin Todd was hired to replace Wulfekuhle in June 2016.


According to the report, Wulfekuhle admitted to using the city?s Visa credit card for personal purchases, and that $18,882.24 of the improper disbursements identified included purchases made to various vendors such as iTunes and Amazon. Another $1,179.74 was used for retail vendors and a grocery store.


Sufficient supporting documentation was not available to determine the propriety of the $9,422.26 of unsupported disbursements identified.