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Ocotillo Wells Superintendent Put on Leave

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:29 pm
by Voodoo Blue 57
I came across this on another forum and thought I'd post it here since we are all active in and around Anza.

Here is the original article. ... c077d.html

October 17, 2012 11:51 am
Ocotillo Wells — The superintendent of the popular Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area has been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted concerning shredded documents found behind the park’s headquarters.

Superintendent Kathy Dolinar was placed on “administrative time off” on Oct. 4.

California Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman Roy Stearns confirmed a report in the Sacramento Bee that the investigation revolves around documents that were found to have been shredded last month after a department wide directive went out this summer not to destroy any paperwork.

In July, park’s department director Ruth Coleman resigned after $54 million were found in two park operating funds, including nearly $33.5 in the department’s Off Highway Vehicle fund. Officials said it appears the department kept the funds secret for years by reporting false balances to the state Department of Finance.

The state auditor’s office and the attorney general’s office are now investigating the unreported money. The order not to shred documents was directly related to those investigations, Sterns said.

Ocotillo Wells is the largest of eight off-roading parks operated by the state and is frequented by thousands of San Diego County residents every year. It is roughly 15 miles southeast of Borrego Springs near the Imperial County line.

Crediting an unidentified park’s source, the Bee reported the investigation began in late September when custodial staff at the Ocotillo Wells headquarters found bags of shredded documents in a trash bin.

Stearns did not confirm those specifics but said the investigation does concern recently found shredded documents at Ocotillo Wells.

“It’s an active investigation,” Sterns said. “We don’t want to prejudge. We don’t know if what’s in those shredded documents is of importance. ... We don’t know if anybody did anything wrong.”