The former Hazelton city auditor has been acquitted of a charge related to allegations she prevented a man from running for an open position on the city commission last year.
Roxanne Schrantz was charged April 6 with Class A misdemeanor official oppression. A jury found her not guilty on Friday.
Schrantz was accused of telling a Hazelton man that an open two-year unexpired term on the commission was filled and he would have to run for a four-year term instead, then filled out his paperwork for the four-year position. The man did not win either position.
According to the Emmons County Record, the Hazelton City Commission fired Schrantz at a special meeting on Aug. 9. Mayor Mel Fortner said at the meeting Schrantz had not been keeping up her duties over the summer, and the city had received delinquent notices from several companies and individuals over unpaid bills. He also said people in Hazelton had complained the city office had been closed, and they were unable to pay their water bills or do other business with the city.