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September 26, 2022

Cabrillo College parts ways with embattled administrator

APTOS—The Cabrillo College Governing Board of Trustees has decided to cut ties with a high-ranking administrator who in December was placed on leave after being charged with embezzlement.

The board made the decision in the closed session of its monthly meeting on Monday. The elected leaders approved the recommendation of Cabrillo College President Matt Wetstein to issue Paul De La Cerda a “notice of non-reemployment on or before March 15, 2022.”

In a prepared statement, Wetstein said that De La Cerda will remain on a leave of absence until June 30, when he will longer be a Cabrillo employee.

De La Cerda has responded to a request for comment. 

De La Cerda was put on administrative leave by the board after he was charged with embezzlement by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

He was hired by Cabrillo in June of 2021, a move the school’s leadership stood by while he was under investigation for fraud.

De La Cerda, 47, faces charges of misappropriation of government funds and embezzlement of government funds. He is accused of overbilling East Los Angeles College roughly $1,575 between March 2017 and 2019. He is also accused of forging documents he submitted for reimbursement.

He pleaded not guilty on Jan. 7 and is set to return to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 17.

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