Palm Beach County (Fla.) Commissioners
unanimously voted down a proposal to take control of the Palm Beach
County Convention & Visitors Bureau in the wake of an
embezzling incident in November 2006 that led to the resignation of
the CVB's previous president, Warren "Mac" McLaughlin, and its vice
president of finance and administration, Lee Davis.
took place after it was discovered that the CVB's controller Donna
Duffer had admitted to embezzling $1.5 million over three years
without being detected.
In the wave of
outrage following the discovery of the embezzlement, county
commissioners had publicly considered taking control of the agency.
But when the question came to vote in a meeting Feb. 27, all six
commissioners voted to keep the agency running under its private,
delayed, however, its decision on whether or not to take over
operation of the county's convention center until officials figure
out how the county would administer convention center
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