26 September 2010
BY CHASE PURDY
The News Virginian

WEYERS CAVE -- A Weyers Cave police training academy faces a $500,000 shortfall and has just enough money left in the bank to remain open seven more months, an academy official said Friday.

Following a monthlong internal investigation, Glenn Aylor, the board chairman of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy, said the facility might have to appeal to its 59 member localities to help bridge the financial gap. The academy could face a temporary closing, he said.

The situation “came to [light] when the City of Waynesboro, which provides us with payroll services, hadn’t been reimbursed for three months of payroll services,” Aylor said.

When Aylor approached the academy’s former executive director, Mitch Banta, about the bookkeeping error, Aylor said he received an inadequate response.

“Those questions couldn’t be answered to my satisfaction,” he said. “That is what prompted the internal investigation.”

Since the beginning of the probe Aug. 27, Banta and Assistant Director Mary Garber have resigned, Aylor said. He declined to comment further.

In addition to discovering that the academy owes $126,000 to Waynesboro, Aylor said the board discovered the facility also faces a financial shortfall, which compounded to a half-million dollars over the years.


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