Drummond says he’s devastated by suggestions of mismanagement
Maury Drummond, the former executive director of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum for 22 years, said Tuesday that his reputation has been unfairly and cruelly maligned by recent reports suggesting he mismanaged the commission and was responsible for the agency’s financial problems.
The state Legislative Auditor’s Office on Monday released an accountant’s review of the small state agency’s 2013 finances. The independent report flagged the agency for inadequate record keeping, questionable purchases and a $300,000 debt to the Louisiana Office of Risk Management for unpaid insurance premiums.
The audit also noted that the last three years of spending under the agency is being investigated by the Inspector General’s Office, in particular for the “questionable spending” by Drummond.