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Chamber cancels contract with city

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The Roswell Chamber of Commerce terminated its contract with the city late Thursday afternoon, but that didn’t stop one council member from grilling its director on its financials during Thursday night’s meeting of the Roswell City Council.

About an hour before the meeting, the city received a letter from Candace Purcella, executive director of the Roswell Chamber, which she also read during her annual report to the council.

As part of the contract, the chamber was required to give an annual report disclosing the organization’s financial status, profit and loss, and salaries and operations budgets, as well as quarterly reports.

“Per the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we wish to inform you that effective immediately, we are terminating the Business Retention Service Contract from the city of Roswell,” Purcella said. “All documents required per our contract for the first half of the agreement have been completed and sent to the city of Roswell Administration,” she said.

“We are taking a better look at our scope of work and our business relations and business needs in the community and we want to focus more on that,” Purcella said.

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After Purcella gave her report, City Councilor Jeanine Best dove into questions regarding the chamber’s finances.

“When I look at this, I’m disappointed,” Best said.

She noted the annual report showed negative bank balances and outstanding bills of more than $39,000. She also noted the lack of an audit, which is to be conducted every two years.

“We do a biennial audit every two years. We are in compliance with our bylaws,” Purcella said. “We’re not budgeted to do an audit this year.”

She added that next year’s budget will include an audit for 2019-20.

Best said more than once in Thursday’s meeting she wanted to see an audit.

“I think it’s very important for our taxpayers to know where your money has gone,” Best said.

This is a developing story. Watch for more developments in an upcoming edition of the Roswell Daily Record.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.