Former Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt entered guilty pleas to three counts of theft in the first degree, one count of official misconduct and one count of falsifying business records Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court.
As a result of a plea agreement with the Polk County District Attorney's Office, it is anticipated Wyatt will be sentenced to serve two years in prison, make full restitution to the city of Dallas and formally apologize.
"It is critical that public officials be held to the highest ethical standards," stated Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton. "Mr. Wyatt took advantage of the trust placed in him by the people of this community and today he is being held accountable." Felton continued, "This has been an extremely difficult episode for the citizens of Dallas, but they can be very proud of the thorough and professional investigation done by the Dallas Police Department in this matter."
At the sentencing hearing, presided over by Circuit Judge Sally L. Avera, Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton made a statement on behalf of the city of Dallas and Wyatt offered a letter of apology, taking responsibility for his misconduct.
Wyatt resigned as city manager in July 2012.
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