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Chagrin Solon Sun: Documents Reveal Arts Center Investigation Details

The Chagrin Solon Sun is reporting details on why Karen Prasser resigned as director of the Solon Center for the Arts.

Documents in Karen Prasser's personnel file reveal reasons for why she resigned as director the Solon Center for the Arts and shed light on the city's pending investigation under the fraud policy, reports the Chagrin Solon Sun.

The newspaper reports that in May that Finance Director Dennis Kennedy sent Prasser a memo detailing his concern about the arts center's accounting practices with Friends of the Solon Center for the Arts, a non-profit that fundraises for the SCA but is not affiliated with the city.

Prasser resigned in early September and days later the city announced it was investigating the arts center for "irregularities" under the fraud policy.

Other details reported by the newspaper, including information from an anonymous source, are:

  • Mismanagement of employee timesheets.
  • Use of city resources on non-city ventures, including a theatrical production at a local church.
  • The friends organization was writing checks to arts center employees instead of to the city.

Read the entire article at the Chagrin Solon Sun.

queen of the may December 03, 2012 at 04:28 PM
harry, i like your logical thinking... do you want to join the Board?! Just one thing, you have to PAY to be trampled on and abused! LOL
Harry December 03, 2012 at 06:13 PM
queen, it's like I previously stated--at this point in my life what I don't need is a) an elected office to run for and b) another thankless board to serve on. Thanks for asking though!
queen of the may December 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
that depends on your definition of thankless... we get stonewalled, hung up on, ignored, and questioned a lot... does that count? ;-)
Harry December 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I guess it does. If you are inferring that this behavior is coming from city hall or the mayor's office my guess is it because the Friends brought this story to the forefront while the investigation was still going on. See my analysis of the mayor above.
queen of the may December 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
harry, you sound like someone who used to be on our board... ????

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