Former employees agree to reimburse Columbus Zoo losses;  Do not settle with the former CEO

Former employees agree to reimburse Columbus Zoo losses; Do not settle with the former CEO

Former employees agree to reimburse Columbus Zoo losses;  Do not settle with the former CEO

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the former chief financial officer reached an agreement after it was found that he and other executives had misused the zoo’s resources, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses for taxpayer-supported nonprofits.

Chairman Keith Schumat said former zoo chief financial officer Greg Bell has agreed to pay the zoo $132,000. Shomat said the board approved the settlement with Pell in a private meeting on Wednesday.

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Bell and former zoo chief executive Tom Stalf resigned in March last year after Dispatch revealed the two men had allowed their relatives to live on zoo-owned properties at below-market rents, and sought tickets and suites for concerts and entertainment events — resources dedicated to hosting zoo supporters Animal and build relationships with donors – for themselves and their family members.

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