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Mayor asks Police Dept. to investigate audit findings

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington has released a statement indicating he is "troubled" by a recent audit of the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

And he's getting the police involved.

Wetherington issued a statement to the media Friday afternoon, saying the taxpayers of the city deserve to know that their money is being used prudently and efficiently.

His action comes after the suspension of the city's recreation program, specifically those activities surrounding competitive sports programs. An auditor has already been brought in to assess the department's spending patterns.

Upon review of that audit, the Mayor had this to say:

"I have today instructed Columbus Police Chief Rick Boren to assemble a team from the Columbus Police Department to fully and completely investigate the recent findings of the city auditor regarding the Parks and Rec Department. I have made it clear to City Auditor John Redmond that he is to fully cooperate with Chief Boren in this investigation. I expect the same level of assistance in this investigation from all city employees who have knowledge of the facts under investigation. I am troubled by several aspects of the city auditor's report. As Mayor of Columbus, Georgia, I would be remiss not to order a comprehensive examination of these important issues. The taxpayers of this city deserve to have the peace of mind of knowing that their money is being used as prudently and efficiently as possible.  That's the bottom line here. I have notified the Columbus Council and the City Manager of my decision."

News Leader 9 will be following the Police Department's investigation into Parks and Recreation.

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