Jack LattaStaff Writer
November 6, 2012
Last week’s revelations into the financial workings of one of the county’s volunteer fire departments may not be the last.
According to the the state auditor’s office, a preliminary review of Allen Volunteer Fire Department is being conducted, after complaints were made with regard to that department’s spending.
Irregular spending came to light last March, when the findings in several financial reports were scrutinized from within the department and without.
Some of the more notable spending included $5,000 on water heater repair, $1,500 for replacing light bulbs, and nearly $20,000 on concrete work. Much of the work performed was attributed to one contractor, Lawson Contracting.
All total, The Times received copies of 13 invoices dated Feb. 2 to March 16, totaling $175,267.94. The invoices were all tied to Lawson Contracting Inc., a corporation located in Garrett and owned by Darren Lawson.
Since then, both Fire Chief Roy Compton and Assistant Chief Larry Castle have resigned, and a new tax board has been created.
Ella Clay, who sits on the Tax Board for Allen VFD, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, though she admitted in July of this year that finances at the station were tight and that they were not spending on anything “that’s not a necessity.”