Court dates set for Kelly, McAllister
STANDISH — Former Standish City Manager Tori Kelly and former City Treasurer Melissa McAllister, who were arrested by officers of the Michigan State Police Post (MSP) in Tawas on Oct. 14 and Oct. 8, respectively, and fired by City Council on Oct. 8, are scheduled to appear in Arenac County’s 81st District Court in the near future.
Kelly was arraigned in District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and is scheduled for a status conference on Nov. 17. She faces four counts of embezzlement – felony charges that carry a punishment of up to ten years of incarceration each; and one count of willful neglect of duty, which is a one-year misdemeanor. An investigation by the MSP uncovered Kelly had embezzled approximately $1,800 in Standish tax monies and as City Manager she knowingly supervised in a dishonest manner.
McAllister waived her District Court arraignment and is scheduled for a pretrial on Oct. 28. She faces a misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of duty. The same investigation that divulged information on Kelly alleged Mc-Allister had participated in questionable practices during her work days; misappropriated winter and summer funds that were to be paid to Arenac County, Standish-Ster-ling Schools and the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District; and was months behind on bank reconciliations.