The city of Chattanooga is asking for an audit of the McKamey Animal Center following the exit of three board members and controversy over the pay of Executive Director Karen Walsh.
Andrew Kean, the city's chief operating officer, sent a letter to Stan Sewell, city auditor, asking for the review.
Here is the letter from Mr. Kean to Mr. Sewell:
As you are aware, the City contracts with the McKamey Animal Center to provide animal welfare and control services for our community. To that end, the City appropriated $1,564,373 for the FY2014 to McKamey.
Over the course of the summer, events occurred at the Board and Executive Director leadership level that create concern around governance, procedures and controls. As such, I would like to request that you and your team engage in a formal review of McKamey with particular focus on identifying opportunities for improvement related to Board governance & structure, financial controls, and management compensation decision practices.
The City’s interest is two-fold. First, we want to ensure that tax payer dollars are appropriated as efficiently as possible and subsequently managed appropriately. And, second, an independent opinion on opportunities for organizational improvement for McKamey would be a benefit as we seek to ensure that animal welfare and control services are provided in the most effective way possible.
Please let me know if you have any questions.