Carter County

UPDATE: Carter County mayor says his animal shelter investigation still going

Carter County Mayor Leon Humphreys said Thursday he is pleased that concerns surrounding the locality's animal shelter have surfaced but he noted he's not done with his review.

A response sent to News 5 by Humphreys said there were problem areas he expressed to state investigators about the Elizabethon-Carter County Animal Shelter that do not fall within the scope of the authority of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

The comptroller's office report said nearly $10,000 was missing from the shelter's account earlier this year after an audit was launched in February. That was just one of more than a dozen operational deficiencies outlined as part of the state review.

Humphreys says numerous citizen complaints about the shelter's former director Stacey Heiden date back to July 2015 which included three pandemics that happened in succession including two in 2016.

The mayor also said he discovered Heiden's misappropriation of funding during his personal audit and notified the county finance director. 

"I am currently working with state officials (not only in Tennessee but in other states) to address several matters to try to bring them to closure involving harm to the Citizens of Carter County and other in the region as well as other states," Humphreys wrote. 

Thursday's comptroller report said their findings had been forwarded to the county district attorney's office for review. 

To see the letter Humphreys issued click here for Page 1 and here for Page 2 .


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