Parks director seeks attorney following city audit

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Controversy continues over Columbus's Parks and Recreation Department.

Wednesday, the attorney for Parks and Recreation director, Tony Adams, spoke out about the investigation, saying his client was never given a chance to explain.

An internal investigation launched after an audit revealed questions about how more than a $150,000 had been spent.

"We feel that it was inappropriate for the mayor to turn over the audit for review by the police department.  As we all know the police department's primary function and primary duty is to investigate criminal activity," says attorney Stacey Jackson.

Jackson questions why this investigation isn't being handled independently by an organization outside of the city like the Sheriff's Department, Marshal's office or the GBI.

Mayor Jim Whetherington was not available for comment Wednesday.

Parks and Recreation Director Tony Adams has to file a written response by June 8.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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