Edmond administrator files for retirement

Anita Breen, Edmond's human resources director, has filed paperwork to retire Aug. 16. She was charged last week with having possession of stolen debit cards.
by Diana Baldwin Published: July 30, 2013

Anita Breen, Edmond's human resources director charged with having possession of two stolen debit cards, has submitted her application to retire effective Aug. 16.

A special pension board meeting is scheduled Aug. 13, at which time a decision on her retirement will be made, City Manager Larry Stevens said.

Breen, 69, was placed on administrative leave with pay July 17, the day after she was questioned by Edmond police about the theft of a wallet from Target, 1200 Second St.

She was hired by the city Jan. 23, 2006, and makes an annual salary of $105,466. She was vested in her retirement on her anniversary date in January, Stevens said.

Breen was charged July 25 in Oklahoma County District Court with having possession of debit cards belong to Karen Hatfield, of Luther, and Dr. John Polkinghorne, of Edmond.

Breen told police she took Hatfield's wallet, which was left in the Target checkout area June 4, according to a court affidavit.

She first said she took the wallet outside to try to find the owner, but the woman had left the parking lot. She later told detectives she threw away the wallet, shredded the information and spent $10 she found in the wallet.

Attempts to reach Breen and her attorney were unsuccessful.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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