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Evansville Parks and Rec. Executive Director Resigns Amid Ongoing Investigation

The Evansville Parks and Recreation Department is under investigation for irregular invoices found last week.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 3:59 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2021 6:55 PM

The Evansville Parks and Recreation Department is under investigation.

According to Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, the Evansville Police Department is looking into seven irregular invoices.

However, the Mayor indicated that so far in the investigation, there was no evidence of missing city funds.

During a Monday afternoon press conference, the Mayor choked up announcing the resignation of the Executive Director of the Parks Department Brian Holtz. According to Mayor Winnecke, Deputy Mayor Steve Schafer will be taking over Holtz's duties in the interim.

When asked further about it, Mayor Winnecke said the resignation was "personal and disappointing," however he had "lost confidence" in Holtz to run the department.

The Mayor indicated there are plans to seek funding approval for an independent audit of the department. That will be separate from the investigation being conducted by the police department.

No other indication was given as to what irregularities alerted the city.

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