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Critics Challenge CCSD Financial Chief Hiring In Light Of Arrest Record
6/29/2016 4:56:33 PM

Glenn Stiegman
By Barney Blakeney

Information Charleston County School District Chief Financial Officer Glenn Stiegman has been arrested three times for Driving Under the Influence surfaced this week. Some critics contend his hiring is an example of double standards perpetuated by the school district in hiring. If Stiegman were black, he would not have been hired, critics say.

Charleston County School District hired Stiegman in November 2015 as the Interim Chief Finance Officer. School district officials Tuesday issued this statement: “At the time of his hire, Mr. Stiegman finalized the necessary paperwork as a prerequisite to his employment. It was during this process the district learned that Mr. Stiegman had previously been arrested for driving under the influence. His arrests occurred at least two years prior to his application for employment.

"Per District policy, employee applicants with arrest records are considered by the district on a case-by-case basis, unless the applicant was convicted of a felony or possesses a criminal record for physical assault or criminal acts against children. Mr. Stiegman’s history does not include any convictions that are prohibited by district policy; as such, Mr. Stiegman met with district administration to discuss his particular circumstances and satisfied all questions pertaining to his record.

“As it concerns Mr. Stiegman’s prior history, he pled guilty to three misdemeanors. The District has confirmed with Mr. Stiegman’s prior defense counsel, the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Court that Mr. Stiegman pled guilty to the following charges: driving with unlawful alcohol content (2008); driving under the influence, less than .10, 1st offense (2012); and reckless driving (2013).

“At some point, almost everyone makes poor choices in their personal life. Some of those choices impact a person’s ability to perform well in their professional life. That is not the case here.

"Since Mr. Stiegman’s employment with the District, his job performance has been above reproach. The District stands by its decision to employ Mr. Stiegman as CFO and looks forward to him continuing to work toward returning the District to financial stability.”

County school board member Rev. Chris Collins was asked about critics’ contention Stiegman might not have been hired given his arrest record had he been black. He said the perspective has merit. He added there are no black males in executive management positions in the district.

“It’s a serious issue and one we hope to fix,” Collins said.

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