09/28/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/28/2023 07:52
COLUMBUS - Findings for recovery totaling more than $24,000 were issued Thursday over unapproved severance payments to former officials in the City of Wilmington.
The two findings were identified as part of an audit of the city's finances for 2022; the full report is available online at (ohioauditor.gov/auditsearch/search.aspx).
As part of her severance in June 2022, former City Administrator Marian Miller was paid $8,747 more than allowed under city policy for unused sick and vacation time and for continuation of health coverage fees.
Former City Administrator and Human Resources Director Greg Muenchen, meanwhile, was paid $15,748 more than allowed when he left his position in August 2022.
In both cases, Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth OK'd the severance agreements, without the approval of city council. The findings for recovery were issued against Miller and Muenchen, with Stanforth jointly and severally liable.
The Auditor of State's office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates, and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.
Contact: Marc Kovac