Director of Kentucky Emergency Management resigns Thursday over poor money handling allegations
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The director of Kentucky Emergency Management has resigned.
PADUCAH, Ky. - Booze, hotel rooms, video games, and New York strip steaks.
It's supposed to be from the Galt House where the group held an annual convention in 2010.
There's a $67,000 room rental charge. But the hotel waived room rental costs due to the amount being spent on meals and other activities. The auditor asked the hotel about it and got this email saying 'this document was not produced from our software.'
The auditor said the receipt was 'doctored' to hide food and drink purchases, even alcoholic drinks.
The Department of Military Affairs oversees KYEM. They released a statement saying: "We will redouble our efforts to ensure every process meets standards and provides the best value to the Kentucky taxpayers."
We reached out to the majority of local emergency managers in Kentucky and they didn't want to talk about the issue at all.
The Kentucky Emergency Management Association, made up of emergency managers throughout the state wants KYEM director John Heltzel removed immediately.
"Most of the emergency management offices are part-time and it's hard then for the state to expect full-time performance out of part-time directors," he said.