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Chattanooga seeks audit of McKamey Animal Center

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Daisy Scout Madison Collins, 7, asks her stepmom Karla Jay about a puppy at McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center. Daisy Scout Madison Collins, 7, asks her stepmom Karla Jay about a puppy at McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

After months of bickering, a questionable bonus and three resignations from the McKamey Animal Center board, Chattanooga has asked its city auditor to put the nonprofit animal shelter under a microscope.

One question City Auditor Stan Sewell will ask is whether Executive Director Karen Walsh got a $10,000 annual bonus without a vote by the Chattanooga's Animal Care Trust board, McKamey's governing body. Later, Chairman Bruce Baird asked board members to approve the bonus retroactively by electronic vote. A state official said that likely violates Tennessee's open meetings law.

Since September, some board members have tried to force out Carol Goodman, a member who questioned Walsh's salary, and three others have resigned.

The letter that Chief Operating Officer Andrew Kean sent Wednesday asks Sewell to examine the board's governance and structure, financial controls and management compensation decision practices.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

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