Recently suspended Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria Gay Uzzell was a no show for her court date Monday. She entered a written plea of not guilty to charges of one count of grand theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of failing to disclose information in a public records request.
Uzzell’s attorney, Stephen S. Dobson III of Tallahassee, also did not attend the arraignment held at the Liberty County Courthouse. Dobson filed a waiver of attendance, accompanied by Uzzell’s not guilty plea, a demand for a jury trial and a notice of discovery. Uzzell, 51, is due in court Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. for case management.
As previously reported, Uzzell is accused of opening a credit card in the name of the Liberty County School Board without its approval or knowledge.
Investigators allege she made numerous personal purchases on the Visa card including clothing, lodging, lingerie, fuel, beauty supplies and alcohol.
Investigators believe Uzzell altered the credit card statements, blacking out personal purchases and changing travel vouchers to match her credit card purchases. She is accused of making more than $2,000 in personal charges on the credit card.
When confronted with the spending allegations by Liberty School Board Chairman Kyle Peddie, Uzzell blamed hotel mixups and not wearing her eyeglasses for the numerous personal charges on the credit card. She was arrested July 17.