Former New Albany mayor responds after audit shows rule violations

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by WHAS11

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 12:01 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The former mayor of New Albany is fighting back after an audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts shows he violated rules. The state wants Doug England and several employees to pay back more than $8,000.

The documents show that England signed executive orders to give non-unionized employees insurance benefits after their retirement. The audit found he gave employees who had been rehired, credit for their past vacation days. The auditor states England also wrote an order to continue providing health insurance for three months after a firefighter was fired

In a response the former mayor says he OK'd that because the firefighter had a wife and children and no other source of income or insurance.

England also says in his response that the mayor has authority to issue executive orders and make city personnel policies, and on many of these issues, New Albany’s codes and manuals were silent.
 

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