The superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant school district has been arrested on charges that he used a credit card belonging to his former North Carolina district without authorization.
Joseph Davis left the Washington County school system in Plymouth, N.C., in 2015 to lead Ferguson-Florissant, the district just outside St. Louis where the death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, sparked national protests against police shootings. Davis is accused of using the credit card on Jan. 15 of this year to rent a hotel room and a car, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which said he faces two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
Davis’ lawyer said his client denies the charges.
A North Carolina audit released last year asserted that Davis had misspent or failed to provide receipts for thousands of dollars in expenditures during his tenure in Washington County, allegations he denied.
A version of this article appeared in the August 30, 2017 edition of Education Week as Ferguson Superintendent Charged With Improper Use of Credit Card