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Posted March 10, 2012 | 9 Comments
Resident not satisfied with investigation of ex-district manager
By Kim Walter -- email@example.com
FRONT ROYAL -- County officials have responded to a Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District's resident and her request for an investigation into the expenditures and activities of former District Manager, Chris Fisher, but the resident is still not satisfied.
Melissa Chappell-White presented a letter to the Board of Supervisors at their Feb. 7 meeting, formally requesting the investigations. She claimed that the new management "started very well," but slowed and came to a halt in the fall of 2011, and after the unexpected snow in October, no resident of the district had seen or heard from the manager.
Chappell-White requested detailed itemization, records and documentary support for all expenditures to date, all activities performed by the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District Manager since his hiring, and all road study activities.
Also in her letter, Chappell-White said, "when the county took over management of the [sanitary district], we were promised: Full accountability for our tax dollars, a manager who would work full time solely for us, and a road study upon which to base future improvements. To date, we have not received any of these, and the situation has deteriorated significantly over the last six months..."
A copy of the response letter from Deputy County Administrator Robert Childress was provided to board members at the March 6 meeting. Childress responded as he oversaw Fisher's position during his time as district manager.
In response to the expenditures inquiry, Childress provided budgets for fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and noted that all expenditures were available for public review.
"It is impossible to provide the requested detailed itemization for all activities [Fisher] performed since his hiring," Childress wrote in response to Chappell-White's second request. He also provided a description of the district manager's position and responsibilities.
Chappell-White also asked for an update on the road and drainage study, which began in August of 2011. Surveys were sent out to residents so specific issues could be addressed on the 43 miles of road that run through the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District.
"The final report is expected by mid-March 2012," the response letter states. "The road and drainage study has proven to be more of a challenge than what was originally anticipated," it says.
Childress also pointed out that Fisher was at board meetings to give reports on the district in November of 2011, which is after the point that Chappell-White said he hadn't been seen.
Chappell-White addressed the board before the response was discussed and said that the budget was not what she asked for, and instead wanted to see individual expenditures.
Fisher's last day as district manager was Feb. 3, and multiple requests for an exit interview went unanswered.