Police said money was deposited in a joint bank account Terry had with a relative, with the money going to support the relative and her children. Terry said the relative was not aware of the source of the money and that person was not charged.
Account irregularities were discovered at the arena earlier this year.
Terry retired unexpectedly May 4, days after a small fire that had been started in a trash can in the arena office was discovered. Terry later admitted to detectives that she started the fire.
“I made a bad decision and am truly sorry for what I did,” Terry said of the theft.
Terry will make payment toward restitution, with around $40,000 from money paid by the city on her retirement, plus $90,000 to $100,000 in her retirement, defense lawyer Jon Paul Rion said.
The arena books were audited annually but the theft not found, Rion said.
It is not unusual for those in public service to be asked to do more and more, the judge said.
“I would say most public servants rarely get recognized for their service,” Wall said.
The case was extremely difficult because of the amount of money involved and the fact that the community would be harmed further if Terry went to prison and didn’t pay restitution, the judge said said.
“I am very disappointed in the sentence given,” Martin Hobart, chairman of the Troy Recreation Board that oversees the area, said Monday. “This was a theft involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in city funds and taxpayer dollars. Additionally she tried to cover up her thefts by setting a fire in the Hobart Arena offices.”
Hobart said the recreation board and city staff are “very comfortable” with checks and balances put in place and appreciated efforts by police, the city auditor’s office, recreation department staff and other city officials to update procedures quickly.
Disciplinary action was not taken against any other employees, Hobart said.
“Cheryl was convicted because she alone stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city. Cheryl is the only person who deserved to be disciplined,” he said.