Dr. Henry Williams, one of the most widely disliked superintendents in the history of the Syracuse City School District, is in deep trouble with the law in St. Louis County, Missouri.
Williams, accused of feathering his own financial nest with theft and fraud on a large scale, is facing charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
The charges allege that Williams, 65, wielded power to establish a pattern of theft and deception from January 2003 through December of last year.
Together, the charges carry a maximum sentence of 37 years. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said Williams, through his attorneys, agreed to surrender at the St. Louis County Justice Center… Bond has been set at $50,000.
McCulloch said the first felony theft count involved more than $100,000 in payments that Williams ordered, including interest on his personal loans.
Why any district in Missouri or elsewhere would have hired Williams, based on his record, is hard to fathom. A brief look at some of his previous employment:
1996-1998: Head of Kansas City, Missouri schools. School Board voted to buy out Williams’ contract after questions arose about him hiring companies to which he had personal ties.
1993-1995: Superintendent in Little Rock, Arkansas. School Board voted not to extend his contract.
Superintendent of Syracuse, New York public schools for almost five years until the early 1990s. Board members said he spent money without their approval.
Has too much time passed, or is there due cause for an investigation to see how much money may have left Syracuse with Williams, when he moved on to Little Rock?