United Way regroups during FBI probe

The federal probe of finances at the United Way of Santa Rosa County may be delving into matters of donations, spending and the charity’s payroll that few if any of its 27 directors understand.

That’s because the nonprofit had a “separate budget” in addition to its regular ledger in 2015 and 2016, according to Guy Thompson, the longtime executive director who was terminated by the board last week from his $52,875 job.

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Guy Thompson no longer director of United Way

Staff Reports

As forensic audit into the finances of United Way of Santa Rosa County continues, Guy Thompson will no longer be serving as executive director according a press release from the non-profit.

The action is effective Oct. 26. Kyle Holley will continue as acting administrator. Due to re-organizing of the non-profit organization, the two other persons previously on administrative leave will not return to their duties according to a press release. Those individuals are Karen Norton, who is listed on the charity’s website as its internal bookkeeper, and Katie Leigh Thompson, the operations and special events coordinator.

Although the forensic audit and investigation continues, the board of directors is working diligently to continue the mission, and because of the importance of the investigation, the board is limited in sharing any further information the press release states.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the nonprofit.

The release goes on to say “the mission of United Way Santa Rosa County continues to be to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. We do this work to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: health, education and income stability. The board is dedicated to serving the people of Santa Rosa County. This service provided by United Way of Santa Rosa County is invaluable to those in our community who need it most.”

Further updates will be made as more information regarding the ongoing investigation becomes available.

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