Fischer proposes changes at MSD after Luallen releases scathing audit

12/16/2011 02:12 PM

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is instituting major overhauls at Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District after state Auditor Crit Luallen released a scathing report detailing a culture of misusing funds.

Luallen’s audit, which came at the request of Fischer, detailed over 150 recommendations for the organization to better manage the funds it receives from charging sewer rates.

In response, Fischer accepted the resignation of MSD’s Executive Director Bud Schardein and named Greg Heitzman, the president of Louisville Water Company as interim executive director.

The Water Company and MSD will also look into a partnership to contain costs, Fischer said in a news release. And a new executive director will be appointed by Fischer at MSD.

At a news conference Friday morning, Luallen said her audit gave Fischer a road map to make the organization more accountable.

When questioned about whether MSD’s misuse of funds could be tracked back to how much of taxpayer’s money was wasted, Luallen said it was hard to put an exact number on the misuse of funds.

But she did list a laundry list of things MSD did wrong.

-Reporting and video production by Kenny Colston


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