Hanretty sentenced to two years in state prison; expresses 'extreme remorse' for wrongdoing Portola Valley, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Oct 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Tim Hanretty, former Portola Valley School District superintendent and Woodside Elementary School District finance officer, was handcuffed and taken into custody directly from a Redwood City courtroom after being sentenced to two years in state prison this morning (Oct. 22) by Judge Mark Forcum. He had earlier pleaded no contest to embezzlement from the Portola Valley district, among other crimes.
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Posted by Sad All Around, a resident of the Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm
I was livid when this all happened. I absolutely felt that a prison term was the only fair punishment for these crimes. I also agree that he needs to pay back every single cent that he took, and then some.
At the same time, I am surprising myself because I truly feel sorry for him. Then again, I'm wondering----who does he think is going to hire him for his skills of electrical, plumbing, etc---certainly not anyone in the PV School District. I guess he'll have some time to think that over, huh.
Posted by John, a resident of another community, on Oct 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm
The comment about if had been remorseful, he wouldn't have taken the money in the first place is ridiculous given that he would not have had anything to be remorseful about if he had not been dishonest. Of course, the punishment adds to his remorse, but I actually feel that losing his job and having to do construction work the rest of his life to pay back the money he took and the loans he got in behalf of the School district plus attorneys and account fees would have been punishment enough. Secondly, how can he pay the school districts back if he is in jail? I think the jail time is primarily to satisfy the residents of Portola Valley and Woodside rather than rehabilitate Mr. Hanretty. Lastly, I wonder how much he hurt the children in the school district vs. the school boards who are embarrassed that it happened during their watch.