Former Seattle school official jailed on warrant



A former Seattle school official has been arrested and booked into King County jail on a warrant for failing to appear in court.

Silas Potter Jr. is accused of abusing his position to steal from the school district.

The Seattle Times reports he was arrested Saturday.

The 60-year-old is the former director of the school district’s small-business program.

He is accused of running a scheme that bilked the school district out of $250,000 by awarding contracts to firms that did little or no work. Potter and two others are accused of pocketing some of that money.

Potter was arrested in Florida in November 2011 and returned to Seattle. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ian Goodhew of the King County Prosecutor’s Office says Potter will remain in jail until a court hearing on the warrant can be held today. His case is scheduled to go to trial next month.