Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke addressed the Board of Parks Commissioners publicly for the first time since an investigation into the department surfaced last week.
This meeting was also the first time the board has met with Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer in the acting role of Parks Executive Director.
The meeting opened with Mayor Winnecke addressing his attendance.
Mayor Winnecke addressed the ongoing investigation into Evansville’s Parks and Recreation Department that launched after seven questionable invoices were discovered.
He also introduced Deputy Mayor Schaefer to his new responsibilities.
Deputy Mayor Schaefer says his new role is only temporary and that they will post the position for applications soon. Until then, he hopes to keep the spirits among the staff high and push forward.
“I don't see any interruptions. The programs and initiatives that have been ongoing will continue. The summer camps are happening, the pools are open. The main thing is to move past it and whatever we can do to support our employees, we'll do that,” Deputy Mayor Schaefer said.
To date, no details regarding the suspicious invoices have been made public, but Mayor Winnecke says they are committed to getting questions answered as soon as possible.