KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kentwood employee is facing embezzlement charges for allegedly pocketing city funds as far back as 2005.

Deborah Salmon, 47, was recently charged with embezzlement of $100,000 or more.

The city placed her on administrative leave on March 8 after evidence of the theft came to the attention of administrators. She was fired by the city after Kentwood Police began investigating the case.

Salmon worked for Kentwood's department of recreation for 15 years. A spokesman for the city would not say how much Salmon allegedly took, described the amount as "significantly higher" than $100,000.

A statement from Mayor Richard Clanton says city leaders are taking steps to prevent future thefts.

"We will learn from this and move forward," says the mayor. "New cash and deposit procedures have been into place for all city financial transactions."

The mayor's statement also shed light on when the thefts may have begun. "The City is hopeful to recover losses that appear to date back as far as 2005," he says.

Salmon is out of jail on bond.