COFFEYVILLE — Coffeyville Community College trustees met with county attorney Larry Markle on Monday regarding the prosecution of two former CCC employees who are accused of stealing college funds.
Markle and the trustees met in executive session, which is closed to the press and public, for 15 minutes. Following the closed-door discussion, trustees delegated trustee Blake Allen to confer with Markle regarding settlement discussions in the lawsuit against Nick and Melissa DeVivo. The DeVivos are charged in district court with stealing college funds in excess of $500,000. The DeVivos are expected to appear in Montgomery County District Court in January for a preliminary hearing.
Prior to entering the executive session with the trustees, Markle confirmed that a negotiated settlement with the DeVivos was progressing, however he did not elaborate any further on the matter.
Trustee Blake Allen has been chosen to serve as the trustees’ contact person with the county attorney’s office regarding the DeVivo prosecution.
Melissa DeVivo is the former CCC business officer manager while Nick DeVivo, Melissa’s husband, once served as the CCC cheerleading coach.
Also at Monday’s meeting, trustees accepted the resignation of trustee Buck Walton, who recently moved to Oklahoma and, therefore, no longer was eligible to serve as a trustee. Walton, a retired CCC instructor, noted in his resignation letter that he has association with the college for the past 44 years.
Trustees will now seek applicants for Walton’s trustee position. Trustees are expected to review the list of applicants at their January 2013 meeting.