Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald was ordered by State Auditor Keith Faber to repay money illegally spent on lodging, food and conference registration, according to a state audit released this week.
The finding for recovery against McDonald for $1,803 requires her to repay the money to Trotwood’s general fund. She completed the reimbursement on Jan. 9, according to the audit.
“There were mistakes found by the auditor that I had no idea existed,” McDonald said in an emailed statement. “Once found they were addressed and appropriate actions were taken and I took care of it.”
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The audit found that McDonald:
- Stayed an extra day in a hotel after the Michigan Leadership Conference in March 2018, costing the city $105 for her room and $55 for food that was deemed to not be a proper public purpose.
- At a 2018 National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials conference McDonald upgraded her hotel room and had additional guests stay with her at a cost of $255, and spent $96 for pizza, neither of which was a proper use of public purpose.
- Booked a conference and room costing $417 in April 2018 and a conference costing $875 in May 2018 but did not attend or cancel in time for a refund. Both of those expenditures violated the city's travel policy
The auditor recommended that the city make expenditures that are for a public purpose and comply with its travel policies, both of which the city agreed to, according to a management letter accompanying the audit.
The audit covering the period from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018 did not include any other findings against the city or officials.
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