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Jackson Zoo director admits misusing funds to cover zoo expenses

Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo (Source: WLBT)
Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo (Source: WLBT)
Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 4:14 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Beth Poff, executive director of the Jackson Zoo, admitted in a letter to the Department of Finance and Administration that she misused bond money for day-to-day operations, payroll, utilities, animal food and insurance.

Poff was placed on administrative leave August 2 by the zoo board. Friday, August 3, the City of Jackson agreed to give them $200,000 to make it over the next two months.

The zoo is currently $350,000 in debt.

Most of that money is owed from bonds they still need to pay off.

A new management team is expected to take over operations in October, but some city leaders want a deeper audit into their books before then.

Recently, there's been a debate about relocating the zoo to LeFleur's Bluff State Park.

Zoo officials say a study showed that being located near the interstate and other attractions could boost their attendance significantly.

You can read the full letter below.

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