Read the Memos At the Center of the Arts Center Controversy
A series of city memos, obtained by public records request, are a window into what happened before Karen Prasser resigned in September and before the city began its investigation.
Documents in Karen Prasser's personnel file reveal reasons for why she resigned as director the Solon Center for the Arts and shed light on the city's pending investigation under the fraud policy.
Read the documents in the window above. The documents attached include:
- Karen Prasser's resignation letter (dated Sept. 6, 2012)
- Memo from Karen Prasser, defending her performance (Sept. 4, 2012)
- Memo from Finance Director Dennis Kennedy to Prasser about financial issues with the Friends of the Solon Center for the Arts (May 17, 2012)
Some of the contents of the documents were first reported by the Chagrin Solon Sun.
In May, Finance Director Dennis Kennedy sent Prasser a memo detailing his concern about the arts center's accounting practices with Friends of the Solon Center for the Arts, a non-profit that fundraises for the SCA but is not affiliated with the city.
Prasser resigned in Sept. 6 and days later the city announced it was investigating the arts center for "irregularities" under the fraud policy.
Two days before she resigned, Prasser wrote a 4-page memo to Human Resources Director Tom Cornhoff, essentially defending her performance.