Animal shelter director suspended over fundraising money issue - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Animal shelter director suspended over fundraising money issue

Nelghotti Ramsey is suspended without pay for a delay in turning over funds to the city Nelghotti Ramsey is suspended without pay for a delay in turning over funds to the city

(WMC-TV) - The Clarksdale Animal Shelter director is suspended without pay after a delay in turning over money raised at a fundraising event to the city.

Nelghotti Ramsey is serving a 10 day suspension without pay after the city asked him for the money raised at a shelter fundraising event.

Ramsey is a city employee, who advertised the fundraiser on behalf of the shelter. He placed the money in a private shelter account and was caught off guard when the city came looking for it.

"Any money that would be raised in the name of the city is required to be deposited in city accounts," said Clarksdale City Attorney Curtis Boschert.

Ramsey says he had permission for the fundraiser and more than $200 was placed into an account in his name titled "Love of the animals". He closed the account the day he was told, but the money was not turned in until he learned of his suspension.

"Your supervisor gave you an order to turn this money in on a Tuesday, you didn't do until Thursday after you had been suspended, what happened in between then?" asked Action News 5's Michael Clark.

"On Wednesday, I was busy with my regular duties and the construction workers were there remodeling the building," answered Ramsey.

Ramsey raised the money with help from the community and said the funds were to be saved for shelter supplies. When he was asked for the money back he did not know if the shelter would see it again.

"Any funds that have been raised on behalf of the animal shelter in the name of the city will be used on the animal shelter," said Boschert.

In the meantime, police officers are feeding the animals. But Ramsey says that is his job, and he does not understand his suspension over what he considers a miscommunication.

"What I think should happen is I should be back on my job and let me do my job the way I'm supposed to," he said.

Ramsey said he had no ill intentions for the money.

City Commissioner Buster Moton says he believes his director.

City leaders will discuss further action Monday at their meeting.

The public is allowed to attend, but the matter may be discussed in executive session.

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