Under investigation by the SBI, Town of Landis creates ‘transparency’ page listing salaries

Under investigation by the SBI, Town of Landis creates ‘transparency’ page listing salaries
On Tuesday, police chief Kenny Isenhour was named interim town manager by the town board

LANDIS, NC (WBTV) - With two top officials now resigned and an SBI investigation underway, the Rowan County town of Landis has created a “transparency” page on the town web site that contains audit, budget, and salary information.

Town manager and fire chief Reed Linn and finance officer Ginger Gibson both resigned last week when word of the SBI investigation broke. The SBI has also said that a third, unnamed person, is involved in the case.

On Tuesday, police chief Kenny Isenhour was named interim town manager by the town board.

The new page was created “to provide the public with transparency into town finances and operations.”

According to the page, as town manager and fire chief, Reed Linn (listed as Douglas Linn) was making $69,077. The page notes that the state average for such a position is $92,817.

As finance officer, Gibson was making $58,937. Average pay for that position is noted as being $66,733.

At the bottom of the page, there is a note regarding the salaries of Linn and Gibson that says “*Approved salary amounts. Actual amounts unknown, pending investigation / forensic audit.”

The page can be seen here: http://www.townoflandis.com/transparency/

The SBI has said that the investigation, which was initiated by Landis Police, deals with allegations of embezzlement.

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