A state audit has found the former director of Linn County’s Emergency Management Agency received thousands of dollars worth of “improper” payments and had used his comp time to pay for items he’d purchased on the county’s dime.
The audit concludes that former Linn County Emergency Management Agency director Walter Wright owes the county more than $17,000. Wright resigned in April after 11 years in the post. He now works for FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When he resigned, Wright asked the county to pay him more than $46,000 for his unused vacation, sick leave and comp time
But the audit says the county owes Wright nothing — it’s Wright who owes the county. The audit found thousands of dollars in “improper disbursements” to Wright. For example, Wright used over $5000 worth of his “comp time” hours to reimburse Linn County for personal expenses. The audit’s been forwarded to the county attorney, the state Attorney General and the state DCI.