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Garner officials to discuss missing fire department money

Posted January 19, 2010
Updated January 20, 2010

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— Garner officials have set a Wednesday afternoon meeting to discuss about $10,000 missing from the Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Mayor Ronnie Williams said Tuesday.

Department officials informed town officials last week of the missing money, which was uncovered during an outside audit of the department's books from July 2008 to June 2009.

The employee alleged to be involved in the money's disappearance has resigned. The person's name wasn't released.

Also, the department's bookkeeping and check-writing functions have been taken over by an independent accounting firm.

Williams declined to comment further, calling it a personnel matter.

Although the department is overseen by a private board, Garner provides it with about $2.5 million a year. Williams said the meeting will help officials determine who has authority to handle recovery of the missing money and to order a more complete audit.


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  • nurseradford Jan 20, 2010

    Just because town and fire dept leaders are trying to get all the facts before talking about it, does not suggest "corruption" or a "cover-up." And the actions of one person do not reflect the integrity of an entire dept. or town. I think we do "grow them well" here in Garner.

  • Journey985 Jan 20, 2010

    Wow, corruption greed and a hint of a cover-up....way to go Garner!!!

  • The Rider Jan 19, 2010

    The money stolen wasn't from the City of Garner but from money collected from door to door solicitation efforts.

  • HarleyMan66 Jan 19, 2010

    I agree with Claytontarheel... a employee must have stolen the money since the Mayor is calling it a personnel issue. Or perhaps is he using that as an excuse not to talk about it.

  • MaplesMom Jan 19, 2010

    We grow 'em good in Garner! I hope the "missing" money is recovered quickly and the colprite is caught. Doesn't seem like $10,000 is a lot- but it could make a HUGE difference when it comes to buying supplies that they need.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jan 19, 2010

    So it's not really missing, it was stolen by an employee. If they took $10,000 that was found by an audit of a sample, there is a lot more "missing".