Thursday, December 28, 2000

Mayor to discuss audit of Villa Hills

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        VILLA HILLS - Mayor Steve Clark will hold a press briefing at 5 p.m. today to release the results of a state audit of the city and to answer questions.

        “I'll discuss the audit, which I think people will learn is an extremely interesting piece of work,” Mr. Clark said Wednesday.“There is money missing, and I'll explain it at the press conference.”

        The mayor has also scheduled a private meeting for 10 a.m. Friday with city employees.

        Last month, a Kenton County grand jury declined to indict Mr. Clark on charges the mayor improperly mailed a $25,000 check to a concrete company for sidewalk work. The check was not cashed and was returned to the city. No work was performed.

        Mr. Clark also asked the Kentucky auditor's office to look into spending by former Mayor Denny Stein — re-elected to a council seat in November — and other city officials on parties, restaurant meals and bar tabs.

        At the mayor's request, City Attorney Lawson Walker, the city's legal counsel for 20 years, resigned Dec. 19.


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