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No Limestone money misused by ex-Boys & Girls Club officer

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — No misuse of Limestone County money led to the firing of Cedrick Williams as chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama.

Suzanne Rainey, director of the Athens club and interim chief professional officer, told the Limestone County Commission on Wednesday that the Limestone and Huntsville clubs have not yet merged their finances.

Rainey said an audit revealed that Limestone County had better financial procedures in place than its Huntsville counterparts.

"None of our money was ever misused," she said.

J.R. Douthit, the Boys and Girls Club board's chairman elect, told the commission that Williams did not do anything criminal but did use poor judgment.

Boys and Girls Club Chairman Greg Crabtree has said Williams allegedly used organization credit cards for personal expenses of between $5,000 and $10,000.

"This was donated money," Douthit said. "We don't tolerate mismanagement."

He said the Limestone and Huntsville clubs are going through with the merger and should name a permanent chief professional officer in two to three months.

Douthit said club representatives are visiting the entities that donate money to assure them the problem is corrected.

Limestone allocated $2,500 to the organization.

The officials met in a closed meeting with the Athens City Council on Monday. Athens allocated $25,000 to the organization.

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