Ed Saxton, who served as superintendent of St. Francis Schools from 2003 into early 2014 and is currently on paid administrative leave, is reportedly under review by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly misappropriation of public funds, but not for personal gain.
Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his office is investigating allegations against Saxton, but would not share specific details about the information being investigated. No charges have been filed.
Saxton has been on his leave from District 15 since Jan. 21. He was placed on leave with David Lindberg, former district director of human resources, who reported that Saxton violated Lindberg’s rights as an employee Jan. 8 when the superintendent handed Lindberg a dismissal letter and a final paycheck without explanation.
Lindberg told the UnionHerald in late January that he had challenged the leadership and decisions made by Saxton multiple times
An independent counsel’s investigation of Lindberg’s case ended last month, with the school board voting March 10 to ratify a recommendation that Lindberg be discharged from district employment.
Lindberg could not be reached for comment.
A phone call to a listed number for Saxton at his address in Corcoran revealed that the number was out of service.
School Board Chairperson David Roberts spoke with the UnionHerald on Thursday, but he said he could not comment on any information the district might have shared with Anoka County.
Josh Collins, director of communications from the Department of Education, told the UnionHerald that on any report of financial mismanagement, “that could trigger an audit.”
Collins said he could not say whether the Department of Education had received reports on District 15’s case. “We wouldn’t be able to confirm that until such an audit would be complete,” he said.
Troy Ferguson, St. Francis director of community education, has been serving as interim superintendent in Saxton’s absence.