She’s accused of falsely reporting expenses while administrator in Hector, Minn.

    One of the four finalists who interviewed to be City of Crookston administrator in October is facing felony charges of embezzlement of public funds and theft in Hector, Minn., where she was previously the city administrator.            

    Barbara Hoyhtya, 60, resigned as Hector city administrator last June, during an audit of the city's finances.   

    After Hoyhtya interviewed for the top Crookston job, the Crookston City Council narrowed the field of four interviewees to Shannon Stassen and Brian Heck. Stassen has since been hired, with the council approving his contract Monday evening.   

    In a complaint filed in Renville County District Court, Hoyhtya is accused of collecting $7,160 in funds from the city in 2012 that she falsely claimed as expenses, mostly for mileage and travel. She wrote a check in that amount to reimburse the City of Hector on July 15, 2013.        

    According to the complaint, Hoyhtya told investigators that she had used the money to pay household bills, the complaint states.    

    Hector Mayor Steve Squibb told investigators Hoyhtya told him she had submitted false requests for reimbursement, and was voluntarily resigning.    

    Prior to interviewing in Crookston, Hoyhtya interviewed for the recently filled city administrator position in East Grand Forks.