Columbus suspends city worker charged in theft from code inspectors’ association
The Columbus city worker accused of taking more than $12,000 from the code inspectors’ association she was treasurer of has been suspended without pay, authorities said Thursday.
Marsha Jean Thomas, 37, turned herself in to police Tuesday, when she was charged with theft by deception for allegedly taking $12,671.18 from the West Georgia Inspectors Association, according to her arrest report. The thefts occurred between June 1 and Nov. 1, police said.
Thomas is an inspection services coordinator making $35,310 a year, according to Reather Hollowell, the city human resources director. Thomas has worked for the city government since Oct. 4, 2010, Hollowell said.
Investigators said Thomas, as treasurer, had access to a credit card that she used for personal expenses. The association for area inspectors offers specialized training to help them maintain their certification and offers college scholarships for members’ children.
Association president John Hudgison and vice president Robert Smith reported the theft, authorities said. Thomas turned herself in Tuesday at the Public Safety Center and later was released on $13,000 bond, according to police and Muscogee County Jail records. She waived her Recorder’s Court hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday, so the case will go to Superior Court.
Thomas works at Columbus’ 420 10th St. Government Center Annex, where twice she was involved in affairs with supervisors, according to city records the LedgerEnquirer obtained in 2015, after then-Deputy City Manager David Arrington retired on short notice. Personnel files revealed that he’d had an affair with Thomas while he was interim director of inspections and codes.
The records also revealed that Thomas had had an affair with an inspections and codes assistant director, before he left the department in April 2012.
Marsha Jean Thomas