Former administrator Danny Gillum resigned from Dodge City Community College more than a year ago — after more than 20 years — with no explanation from him or the college.
Now the Daily Globe has obtained a summary report of an independent investigation which may result in Gillum facing criminal charges.
At a special meeting last week, the DCCC Board of Trustees voted to release the investigation summary.
"In February of this year the Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees hired attorney Allen Glenndenning to conduct an investigation of possible fraud by misuse of college funds, property and/or equipment. The investigation was initiated by the board based upon information received from the college auditors following the resignation of Executive Vice President Danny Gillum," a release issued with the investigation summary said. "In releasing the summary report of investigation only, the board is balancing the right of the public to be informed while preserving the integrity of the investigation."
The board is withholding the Report of Findings and Conclusions until a criminal investigation is concluded. According to the release, the information has been transferred to the Ford County Attorney’s office and that office has forwarded information to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations. According to the release, any criminal charges will come from the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
The report lists a variety of findings regarding the former administrator. Among the property not returned immediately to the college upon his resignation were a night-vision scope, bullet-proof vests, laptops, repelling equipment and a dog predator call.
Gillum reportedly took the night-vision scope and bullet-proof vest home while cleaning out his office. These items, along with one laptop, were returned to the college in January. A second laptop was returned in March.
Repelling equipment also was returned after reportedly being stored at Gillum’s house. As for the dog predator call, it was shipped to Gillum’s address, but has not been found at the college.
Prior to 2015, Gillum taught several guided studies or adjunct classes including Terrorism, First Aid, Outdoor First Aid, Outdoor Survival and Wilderness Medicine.
After his promotion to vice president Gillum was no longer able to teach the classes and said after talking with then president Don Woodburn he could hire his wife to teach the classes. Gillum said Woodburn informed him if she was certified to move forward.
Woodburn, when contacted by Glenndenning, has no recollection of the conversation but did relay it could have happened.
The report says Rene Gillum received $92,900 for teaching classes for a part of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Rene Gillum was required to have a Master’s degree to teach, according to the Higher Learning Commission, but, according to the report, doesn’t have a bachelor’s degree.
The report goes on to say when questions about Rene Gillum’s certification were raised Danny Gillum filled out some cards and submitted them as proof of certification. These cards were found to be "made up" by Danny Gillum.
Guns were also a big part of the investigation as an inordinate amount of guns and ammunition were purchased by the college — some prior to the college offering a firearms training course. While originally the guns were kept off campus, the college now has control of all guns and ammunition purchased by the school.
The investigation did look into Tactical Training Associates, a company owned by Danny Gillum and others. The company used college classrooms and facilities for training, DCCC also paid costs for advertising concealed carry classes and was charged more than $1,400 for a "Workshop Presentation Agreement," which proved to include just Danny Gillum and one other person.
The report also includes questions into the approval of credentials for others; the overseeing, and following rules, of guided studies; repelling program expenditures (the focus of a Kansas Board of Regents investigation); insurance questions regarding firearms training; and supplemental payments to DCCC employees for on-campus "first responders" and "campus safety director."
The Daily Globe reached out to Gillum’s attorney Michael Giardine of Gray County for a response.
"I haven’t seen or read the report," the lawyer said via email. "It was not provided to me. I would like to read through it with Danny prior to any comment."
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