Jackson Zoo director admits misusing funds to cover zoo expenses
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.
Copyright 2018 WLBT. All rights reserved.