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WAUKEE, Iowa -- Eric Rose, the former chief operating officer of the Waukee School District, has reached a plea deal and will have all felony charges against him dropped.

Rose was charged with misconduct in office and soliciting to commit a felony last year, after a special investigation by the State Auditor's Office found $130,000 in misspending at the district on things like office furniture and out-of-state retreats.

On Friday, Dallas County dropped felony charges against Rose, who instead pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Those misdemeanor charges are related to his personal use of a district snowblower.

The dropped charge stems from allegations that Rose changed time records to pay employees who ran personal errands for him during the school day.

Rose was also fined $630 and granted a deferred judgement, meaning the charges will be dismissed after he completes one year probation.

Rose’s attorney says his client is remorseful.

“Ultimately, we believe this is a fair and adequate resolution to these charges. Eric looks forward to moving on with his life and putting this behind him,” said Grant Woodard, Rose’s attorney.

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