Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce funds missing, employee fired

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:24 pm on Friday, March 29, 2013

GREENVILLE — A longtime Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce employee has been fired after it was discovered funds of $10,000 or more were missing.

According to Candy Kerschen and Gae Wolfe, both of whom work as co-executive directors, an irregularity was discovered in the Chamber books during a financial review Thursday.

As a result, a longtime female employee was terminated from her position and an investigation is under way by the Greenville Department of Public Safety. The Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office will determine whether any charges will be issued against the former employee, who is not being named at this time.

“We have given what we know to the authorities,” Kerschen said. “All parties are being cooperative and we anticipate a swift resolution and recovery. We will continue with a more thorough review and allow that process to lead us to a better understanding of the full magnitude in the next few days. While this is very unfortunate, we remain enthusiastic about the programs, events and services the Chamber provides in Greenville and we do not anticipate any interruption in operations.”

Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines previously served as Chamber chairman.

“While we are disappointed with this situation, we are fortunate to have the leadership of Gae and Candy, who will see us through this challenge and continue moving the Chamber on to bigger and better things,” Haines said.

The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce serves almost 300 members. The Chamber office is located at 108 N. Lafayette St. in downtown Greenville.

“As a nonprofit organization, we remain focused on our mission of advocating for business in our community,” Kerschen said. “Being able to work in a position that connects Greenville with our business community is such a blessing. It’s very disheartening to be doing good things for the community and then have something like this happen.”

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