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State concludes audit of NCHSAA official's pension pay

Posted March 15, 2012 8:23 p.m. EDT

Rick Strunk, Associate Commissioner of the NCHSAA

— The State Bureau of Investigation has closed its investigation into the pension pay of a state high school association official without finding any wrongdoing.

In December, an audit showed Rick Strunk, the associate commissioner for communication at the NCHSAA, may have been wrongly collecting retirement benefits from Chatham County Schools.

Strunk had more than 26 years in the pension system as a state employee when the North Carolina High School Athletic Association ended its affiliation with the University of North Carolina in 2010 and became an independent non-profit organization. The audit showed that Chatham County schools listed him as an employee, while the NCHSAA paid his salary, and he was able to continue to accrue state benefits.

The SBI and Chatham County District Attorney decided not to pursue a criminal investigation.

Chatham County Superintendent Robert Logan issued a statement Wednesday saying, "This decision speaks for itself. As was previously stated there was never any intention to misrepresent anyone in the contractual agreement with the NCHSAA, and the decision was based on similar arrangements previously and currently existing within the retirement system."