MILTON — The United Way of Santa Rosa County has placed Executive Director Guy Thompson and two other employees on paid administrative leave following the discovery of possible "accounting irregularities."
The agency sent out a press release late Wednesday afternoon stating the agency had recently received information about the irregularities. In response, the board of directors retained an independent auditor to review financial records as well as policies and procedures, the release said.
During the review, Thompson and two other employees were placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation and review.
No details were provided about the irregularities or the time period under scrutiny. But according to the IRS Form 990 filed for 2016 by the United Way of Santa Rosa County, available through the GuideStar nonprofit reporting service at www.guidestar.org, the agency reported $299,182 in contributions, grants and other revenue for that calendar year, against $486,390 in total expenses.
Among those expenses, according to the Form 990, were $199,188 in salaries, other compensation and employee benefits; $165,939 in "other expenses;" and $121,263 in "grants and similar amounts paid."
Overall, the United Way of Santa Rosa County finished the 2016 calendar year with total assets of slightly more than $1.85 million and total liabilities of a little more than $1.4 million, according to the 2016 Form 990.
The Santa Rosa County branch of the United Way is operated separately from other area United Way agencies, including the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties.