USS Kidd board won't seek restitution from former director
BATON ROUGE - Commissioners overseeing the operations of the USS Kidd and its land-based museum decided not to seek restitution from former director Maury Drummond, accused by state auditors of improper use of public funds.
Drummond retired amid allegations he was not spending the non-profit organization's money appropriately. Since his retirement, a new director has been appointed and made sweeping changes to how records are kept.
A recent audit by the State Inspector General said Drummond spent $13,552 paying for things like personal meals, his wife's travel expenses to join him at conferences, and his personal credit card bills. The review said in many cases no receipts were kept, and no public purpose for the spending was identified.
Wednesday afternoon, the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission decided to move on from the situation, and not try to get the money back.
"It would cost us more than the $13,000; we would not benefit from it," chairman Joe Jenkins said. "I think moving forward, we are just looking to get the public trust in us that we are doing what we are supposed to do with the money that they give us."
The commission said they are excited to focus on upcoming community events. In June, the group is hosing art therapy and yoga for veterans and a safety speaker that is part of the "KIDD Keynotes" series. On July 4th, the Kidd is planning its 4th of July Spectacular.
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