Baker Superintendent Ulysses Joseph to announce retirement, after arrest of former maintenance supervisor on $128,000 in thefts from the school system _lowres

Emmitt Whitfield

The Baker school system’s former maintenance supervisor has been arrested for a third time — and the city’s police chief said more arrests may be pending as new details emerge about the extent of his alleged thefts.

Emmitt Whitfield was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on counts of felony theft and unauthorized use of a credit card, Knaps said.

The arrest stems from more than $2,100 in fuel charges that Whitfield billed as part of his work with Baker schools, but that turned out to be for personal use, the police chief said.

Whitfield, 47, has been previously accused of stealing a smorgasbord of school property, from novelty disco globes to a gazebo, and more than 100 air conditioning units.

Before that, in December, he was accused of taking a grass cutter, and his wife was accused of pawning it for cash.

Knaps noted that the fuel charges could just be the latest accusation, and that as the school board continues to find discrepancies, they forward them to police for more investigation.

“Our guys are really trying to find a trail,” he said. “It’s just so much stuff.”

The Baker School Board is meeting Wednesday night to discuss the sudden retirement of superintendent Ulysses Joseph, who was Whitfield’s supervisor.