McPherson Police continue investigation into Ruder

By Chris Swick
August 19, 2015

McPherson USD 418 may consider the issue involving the misuse of a financial card by a former associate superintendent a closed one, but the McPherson Police Department is still considering the investigation active.

McPherson Police Captain Kevin McKean tells KBBE News that the department is investigating multiple charges on the account, with the possibility of more than what has already been discovered by the school district.

According to McKean, it will take some time to go through the various charges, as they have to subpoena each individual vendor for records to determine whether a charge was a USD 418 charge or not. That will take quite some time, McKean says, as law enforcement is able to perform a much more thorough investigation than the school district was able to.

Ruder resigned his position with the district June 29 after allegations arose that he misused a district charge card. Ruder repaid USD 418 over $4,800 in restitution as part of the district's agreement with Ruder to accept the resignation.

Ruder and his family have since relocated to Oklahoma.