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GBI called in to investigate PSA financials, Employees placed on administrative leave

The GBI has been called in to help investigate.

As first reported by AllOnGeorgia-Camden, the Public Service Authority (PSA – “Camden County Recreation Center”) is undergoing a financial audit. In that time, William Brunson, Director of the PSA, elected to go on medical leave per the Family Medical Leave Act according to an email sent to PSA board members. That notice allowed PSA board members to appoint Assistant Director Shawnte’ Jenkins to become interim director.

After Thursday’s (May 10, 2018) PSA board meeting, Camden County officials were granted full access to the finances of the PSA and authorization to conduct certain human resources functions for the authority.

Pursuant to that authorization, PSA Executive Director William Brunson and Assistant Director Shawnte’ Jenkins, were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) inquiry into financial improprieties at the PSA.

Camden County officials first became aware of financial irregularities in the finances of the Public Service Authority when collection notices were mailed to the two county commissioners who serve as PSA board members. Upon receiving these notices, the PSA board immediately began an in-depth review of the PSA’s finances. A preliminary audit of the authority’s finances was initiated by an outside public accounting firm in mid-April. The GBI was brought in once it became clear the irregularities could involve possible financial crimes.

The GBI is leading the investigation and working with the auditing firm to look into any and all financial improprieties that may have occurred at the PSA. This is an active law enforcement investigation.

Operations of the PSA is expected to continue with no interruption in services and membership management, according to the county spokesperson.

It is not known how much money is involved and the PSA’s insurance policy is likely to be activated to protect the taxpayers, according to previous reports. That information will not be available to the public until the entire investigation is complete, according to an Open Records Request response given to AllOnGeorgia-Camden in a previous email.

An interim director is to be decided upon at the next special called PSA board meeting on May 15th at 4 pm located in the county recreation building in Kingsland.

The County and the GBI have stated they will give no further comment and this matter is now being treated as a criminal investigation.

Related report on PSA –

Camden PSA under audit, Director on leave

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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