HACKENSACK, NJ -- School Business Administrator Adrian Pollio has resigned from her position effective immediately and is facing criminal charges, district officials confirmed today. School board members were notified earlier today by Acting Superintendent Rosemary Marks that Pollio was "processed and charged by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office with a Third Degree offense," said Board Trustee Frances Cogelja.
Pollio's resignation is effective immediately and it is unclear what specific offenses she was charged with. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office did not immediately provide details about the charges being brought against Pollio. Before being hired in Hackensack in 2017, Pollio previously worked in the same capacity with the Lincoln Park school district. Cogelja stated that the charges were related to her prior work there.
"It was a punch in the gut and was startling at first, but reflecting on my twenty years in Hackensack nothing surprises me" said Cogelja, who was elected to her first term on the school board earlier this year.
Acting Superintendent Marks confirmed that Pollio resigned from her position on Monday, citing "personal and family reasons." Later that day, the district was contacted by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office to notify it about the charges against Pollio. It is not clear if district officials were aware of Pollio's legal issues when she resigned.
"Her resignation was worded personal and family reasons, we have personal and family resignation all the time and we never ask them, that's not our concern," said Board President Lara Rodriguez. "You submit a letter of resignation, we accept it."
Rodriguez further stated that she was not privy to the details of the the investigation into Pollio by the Morris Prosecutor.
Citing the district's looming $165 million facilities plan that will be decided in a referendum later this year, Cogelja questioned the process behind the decision to hire Pollio.
"Myself and my running mates were elected because of our commitment to fiscal responsibility, and we will follow this all the way" said Cogelja. "The Superintendent, Business Administrator and Board Attorney are the three most important voices in the Board of Education. My recommendation is for an immediate forensic audit."
Acting Superintendent Marks seemed to concur with Cogelja's desire for an audit, telling TAPinto Hackensack, "We will be doing an audit. Anytime you have a change, an audit is the best practice."
As of Tuesday afternoon Pollio's name had been removed from the school district website at the direction of Marks. Attempts to reach Pollio for comment were unsuccessful.