Parks chief charged with embezzlement

Randall Norton

ELKHART — The recently appointed superintendent of the Elkhart Parks & Recreation Department has been charged with embezzling from his former employer, according to Wood TV8 in Michigan.

Randall Norton was appointed parks superintendent by Mayor Tim Neese and assumed the position in December 2018, leaving his job as executive director for Three Rivers Area Mentoring in Michigan. That is the organization from which he is accused of embezzling.

According to Wood TV8, the Three Rivers Police Department said an auditor found misuse of the organization's debit card as well as fraudulent reports, missing cash deposits and "grants that were not applied for to sustain their mission."

Police said nearly $10,000 in personal expenses were paid out to Norton by Three Rivers Area Mentoring and there was $11,000 in excess payroll.

After reviewing the records and interviewing Norton, police requested a warrant. He was charged with embezzlement.

Neese said he can only speak to what he has witnesses from Norton during his time with the City of Elkhart.

"He has worked to develop one of the City's most stringent internal control policies and has proven himself to be instrumental in improving the programming and services provided by the Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department. Given the policies in place, I am confident that all parks funds are being managed appropriately," Neese said.

Norton was not immediately available for comment about the allegations.

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Human Resources Director Traci Dawson really does a great job for the city. When will she resign/be terminated for complete failure to perform her job duties?

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