Now that Mayor Linder has involved the DA; the District Attorney dismissed the case; Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams went public; and the Daily Times written their last article; what exactly have we learned from the Chester City Pool Scandal?
- Councilwoman Williams took control of over $100 from the Chester pool concession stand run by the former Deputy Director of Recreation.
- On the same day, she gave away city trinkets and allowed folks in the pool without paying.
- She turned over the money to the city Accounts and Finance Department.
- She purchased some pool supplies from her own money.
- The District Attorney found no misappropriation of public money specifically proceeds from the operation of the pool.
The Unknown or Silly
- Why did Councilwoman take the money from the cash box?
- Why did the Deputy Director of Recreation snitch (I mean, tell on) the Councilwoman?
- What is the policy for giving away city trinkets? Can they be pulled from the closet and given away with no discretion, or is there some controls in place to manage give aways?
- What is the policy for allowing free pool access? Should the entire community be made aware of such promotions or can it happen at a moments notice?
- Did Mayor Linder know the money was turned into Accounts and Finance, and if not, why not?
- With the city spending $20,000 per month for pool services, what did the Councilwoman purchase that couldn't be covered under the longterm pool supply contract? Was she reimbursed for her purchases?
Many of these same questions have been asked in previous posts on this topic, but the Anonymous comments offer more complaints than conclusions.
Thankfully, no charges where filed, but the media coverage this story has generated has done it's damage with Chester's political reputation. What can they do to recover?