Kentucky Emergency Management

Local News
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel Resigns Amid Controversy

John Heltzel
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John Heltzel has resigned as director of Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency misused public money.

Beshear announced Heltzel's resignation in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Heltzel's agency is accused of spending more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures, plus threatening employees and altering documents. 

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Local News
3:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Beshear Discusses Auditor's Report of Misused Funds at Kentucky Emergency Management

John Heltzel
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Gov. Steve Beshear said he hasn't "taken any options off the table" in dealing with Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency spent more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures.

The audit released Tuesday also found that Kentucky Emergency Management officials intimidated employees and altered documents regarding the expenditures.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents

The Kentucky Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.

The review also alleges intimidation of employees who cooperated in the investigation. State Auditor Adam Edelen today released the results of an examination of Kentucky Emergency Management that was launched in March. 

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The State Auditor's Findings on Spending Issues at Kentucky Emergency Management

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky Emergency Management officials spent more than $100,000 in state funds on parties and other "questioned expenses"—and also threatened employees and altered documents to hide it, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor's office.

The report will be referred to several agencies, including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WFPL's Rick Howlett is working on a story about state Auditor Adam Edelen's report.

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