From the LVRJ: Less than a month after Kathleen Vermillion resigned from the Henderson City Council to spend more time with her charity, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, the organization is in turmoil.
Since late December, seven board members have resigned amid allegations that Vermillion, the partnership's chief operating officer, has misappropriated funds. Last week, the interim executive director, whom Vermillion has placed on paid administrative leave, filed a complaint against Vermillion and her charity with the Nevada attorney general's office.
"I care very deeply for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth," Interim Executive Director Arash Ghafoori wrote in the complaint. "I believe its mission to assist homeless youth in the State of Nevada will be jeopardized if Ms. Vermillion is permitted to remain in de facto control of the NPHY. Accordingly, I am requesting an investigation and appropriate action by the office of the attorney general."
Jennifer Lopez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, confirmed that her office received a complaint on Jan. 11 against the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. http://www.lvrj.com/news/nonprofit-group-top-official-face-allegations-of-misuse-of-funds-137727193.html
When 7 board members quit a volunteer organization within a month, then something stinks. People join or volunteer at non-profits because they believe in the organization and the cause, so for 7 people just to up and quit tells me and many people that something is seriously wrong with the organization.
And for Vermillion to just leave the Henderson City Clown Council in mid term seems awfully strange but if her charity is in trouble for financial or ethical reasons, then it is probably best for Vermillion to step down from the Henderson City Clown Council.
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