Isn't that so thoughtful of the county to hire a lawyer (Haskell Davis Dunn), an audit firm (Pauly Rogers and Co), pay to have all the locks changed, and utilize numerous publicly paid county staff to protect us from the big bad museum. Must be some pretty big "anomalies". $1,000,000? No? How about $100,000? No? $10,000 maybe? No? Wait, why are they even doing this? And with public funds?!
Just to be clear, the museum is already a nonprofit; the new account was designed to reduce risk and liability to the county allowing members, donors, and visitors to support the museum via credit card. The account was approved by the county legal team, added as a county vendor so transactions between the new account and existing county account could be made, and was set up to be managed solely by the museum board (put in place by the county commissioners). While the museum coordinator is the one county "employee" at the museum, she did not have access to the account except through the museum board as even further security to the county. The museum coordinator and the museum board were fully cooperative with the county and the auditors, voluntarily handing over all records and in good faith transferring the money to a different county approved account out of the one in question. Their cooperation was rewarded with the closing of the museum, the ransacking of the museum offices, confiscating artifacts, the removal of the gift shop, and the suspension of the museum coordinator. And maybe the reason Meriwether won’t comment on "personnel matters" is that they are in direct violation of several county union procedures for handling the discipline/investigation of public employees!
Keep calling the museum, emailing board members and volunteers, and keep asking questions. The public deserves to hear more than just the one-sided cover-our-ass legal BS the county administrator is spewing at the moment.
Posted 21 August 2013, 3:21 p.m.
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