Council mum in wake of embezzlement arrest

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 02:08 PM

At the first meeting since one of its former employees was arrested for embezzlement, Archdale City Council members didn’t discuss the case.
The quiet meeting was the first since it became public that a former employee, April Lynn Neighbors Campbell, embezzled more than $250,000 from city coffers. No Archdale residents spoke during the public comment period of the council meeting on Campbell or any other topic.
Mayor Bert-Lance Stone and City Manager Jerry Yarborough said city officials can’t comment on Campbell’s case because it’s an ongoing legal matter. But Stone did tell The High Point Enterprise, following the meeting, that she hasn’t received any calls from constituents about the case.
The council did go into a half-an-hour closed session near the end of the meeting to consult with its attorney on a legal matter. The council took no action in public session following the closed meeting, and Yarborough said afterward that the closed session didn’t concern Campbell.
Earlier this month, Campbell, the former city budget operations manager, was charged with embezzling $205,406. She was fired in June.
Campbell is accused of using a city-issued credit card to charge personal purchases during a three-year period, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. Campbell, who made an annual salary of $50,791, joined the city of Archdale staff 14 years ago. The SBI investigated the case instead of the Archdale Police Department because the case involved allegations against a city employee.

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