BOE Director Resigns after Embezzlement Arrest

One week prior to the election, the Washington County Board of Elections Director has resigned following her arrest on embezzlement charges.

Tara Hupp of State Route 26 initially denied any wrongdoing, but then admitted she had taken about $40,000 in Marietta Tiger Boosters Club funds over several years. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, she did this by making checks out to cash, endorsing them, and placing the funds in her personal account. Hupp was treasurer of the club for the past ten years.

Following her arrest, Hupp resigned her post as director of the Washington County Board of Elections. It is expected that her position will remain open until after the election.

Deputy Director Peggy Byers explained that the job must be advertised and interviews must be conducted before the position can be filled.

“I would imagine they want to be speedy about it, but it’s going to take some time,” Byers said.

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RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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