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Updated: 05/29/2014 02:08:02PM

Hindsight is 20/20

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Our view: Controversy could have been avoided.

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While Arcadia was looking to hire its next city administrator, and the special committee was reviewing candidates, we suggested way back in March (and again in May) that a detailed background check be done of the finalists to ensure there were no surprises.

We remembered too clearly when Markae Rupp claimed to have a business degree that, had it been checked, came from a nonaccredited institution, a suspected “diploma mill.” We also remember the personal charges she reportedly made on her city-issued credit card at a prior position, and a scathing memo she left those council members after she resigned — things that could easily have been learned before she was hired.

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