Dawn Marie Medford, of Bradford, at her arraignment this morning in Haverhill District Court. (WHAV News photograph.)
A former Haverhill city employee was formally charged this morning with stealing money from the city treasury.
Dawn Marie Medford, who at times worked in the city treasurer and collector’s office, was arraigned in Haverhill District Court on two counts of larceny over $250 and one count of larceny under $250. According to Assistant District Attorney Michael Dulany, city officials became aware of the thefts Oct. 11.
“She was the employee responsible for compiling and depositing checks and cash at the City of Haverhill. On three occasions during her watch there was either checks, cash or checks and cash missing,” said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.
Medford, 46, of 129 South Pleasant St., Bradford, apparently worked in City Hall as a “floater,” working where and as needed in short-staffed city departments. She appeared in court after receiving a summons.
Judge Patricia Dowling ordered Medford to return for a pre-trial conference Thursday, Feb. 16. Saying she could not afford a lawyer, she was assigned a public defender, attorney Christian Colwell, of Methuen.
Medford was not held on bail, but was told she could be held in the Essex County House of Correction for up to 90 days if she fails to appear for any subsequent court date.
For several weeks, WHAV reporters have been blocked by the city from obtaining information about Medford and the alleged theft of taxpayer money. Haverhill Police Captain Michael Wrenn, in a written response to WHAV Jan. 12, said, “The records you seek cover a matter that is the subject of a pending law enforcement investigation.”
Mayor James J. Fiorentini, who is apparently out of town, could not be reached at his office or mobile telephone number for comment. The city’s personnel department said it could not comment on Medford’s employment status and referred calls to the mayor.
This is a developing story.