The Camden County PSA Board voted Tuesday (5/15/18) at a special called meeting and terminated Director William Brunson and Assistant Director Shawnte’ Jenkins from their positions. The terminations come after further investigation from the auditors which are being assisted by the GBI.
The HR director, Katie Howard, stated that there has been impropriety on the behalf of Brunson and Jenkins, but criminal charges have not been filed at this time. The investigation from auditors discovered unaccounted for money and more issues with budget mismanagement. The GBI is still investigating with the auditors.
The PSA Board members recommend the name of an interim director, Wesley Davis, who is the retired Parks and Recreation Director for Glynn County with over 28 years of experience. Davis is also the brother-in-law of PSA Board member and County Commissioner Chuck Clark, who recused himself in the vote. Davis still has to accept the position.
The PSA Board members voted to name Davis as the director with 3 votes in favor of the appointment and 1 vote against. Mayor Parrot from Woodbine voted against the measure while Commissioner Starline, Mayor Smith of Kingsland, and Mayor Morrissey of St. Marys voted in favor of the appointment. Commissioner Clark abstained.
The interim director will be placed in the executive director’s position for 90 days until a suitable replacement is found. The HR director said she has already placed out information to find a suitable replacement and internal candidates will be considered a priority for the position.
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.
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