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SYNOD PANEL TO INVESTIGATE MISMANAGEMENT ALLEGATIONS
05 May 1996 13:16:51
95224 SYNOD PANEL TO INVESTIGATE MISMANAGEMENT ALLEGATIONS
by Jerry L. Van Marter
RICHMOND, Va.--The Council of the Synod of Mid-Atlantic has voted to
appoint a five-member committee of "impartial" Presbyterians to investigate
allegations of mismanagement against synod staff members.
A prepared release by the council issued after its June 23-24 meeting
here contained no specific information about the nature of the alleged
transgressions or who is involved. The statement simply said, "This
committee will review the synod's financial and management practices in
light of these allegations."
But Ed Briggs, a reporter for the "Richmond Times-Dispatch," wrote in
a late-May article that the allegations range from inadequate documentation
of the use of synod credit cards by synod executive the Rev. Carroll
Jenkins to "excessive travel expenditures" by former synod treasurer the
Rev. Joseph Pickard. Pickard left the synod staff last summer to become
comptroller of the Medical Benevolence Foundation in Houston.
Jenkins was quoted by Briggs as saying the allegations had been
While the five-member panel is reviewing the allegations, the
council's administration committee will review the personnel concerns and
policies, as well as record-keeping practices, called into question by the
In its statement, the council said it "took actions and acknowledged
concern of many church members and staff surrounding the allegations."
At the same time, the statement continued, "the council focused on the
mission of the synod and its responsibilities toward, and vision for, the
total Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its membership."
The council asked the panel to complete its investigation by the end
of the year.
The allegations followed in the wake of the council's May 5-6 meeting,
at which time it cut the synod's budget by 10 percent (to $1.24 million for
1995) and lopped four positions off the synod staff.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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