Charleston mayor agrees to financial audit after councilman’s accusations of improper spending

Charleston mayor agrees to financial audit after councilman’s accusations of improper spending

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg agreed to a financial audit of his office after a city councilman was concerned about how he was using city funds.

During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Councilman Harry Griffin accused the mayor of improper spending, and it all began with a business card.

“I have in my possession a business card that was handed to me by Sandy Tecklenburg. It has Sandy’s information on one side and Tecklenburg’s on the other,” said Griffin who is running against Tecklenburg for mayor.

Tecklenburg said the difference to add Sandy’s information was about $10 extra, and their corporate council explained that no laws were broken.

“I’ll gladly reimburse the city with their business card that was ever procured with her name on it," Teckleburg said."But I assure you the intent for both Sandy and myself has been nothing but one of service.”

But council members said having his spouse on his business card was a policy violation, although it was never established.

Many of them also spoke about pay raises for top city officials saying they were shocked by some of the percentages.

Nothing was proven to be a misuse of funds, but everyone agreed on a 60 day audit to look at everything in more detail.

“I think the citizens deserve to make sure we clear the air," said Councilman Gary White.

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