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City Auditor Stan Sewell’s report released to city officials Wednesday criticizes Chattanooga Public Library Director Corinne Hill for excess reimbursements for worldwide trips, including extra hotel nights on personal time, and states that her top two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud.
Assistant Library Director Nate Hill and System Administrator Meg Backus were reported to the state comptroller’s office after auditors found they took multiple paid speaking and consultant jobs on library time. The total excess reimbursements that Corinne Hill and her staffers received and the amount of mismanaged funds are estimated in the auditor findings at nearly $3,000.
Library board Chairman James Kennedy said Thursday the board will take each allegation seriously. At next Friday’s meeting, he said, members will go line by line through the findings to see what actions if any, need to be taken. But he said the audit findings shouldn’t take away from all that Corinne Hill has accomplished in her two years in Chattanooga.
“We will get to the bottom of it and get it right without any hesitation. Corinne is right there with us. She’s world class,” he said.
The full text of the audit report is available below as well as embedded in the newspaper article.