State Inspector General’s Office completes investigation into Georgia National Fairgrounds

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia National Fairgrounds Director of Communications could face consequences after being accused of drinking alcohol in her office.

The State Inspector General’s Office (OIG) wants the Georgia Agriculture Exposition Authority’s (GAEA) Interim Executive Director to review the rule they said Stacy Campbell broke to see if there should be any punishment. The OIG started the investigation after receiving complaints former Executive Director Random Moore was mismanaging the fairgrounds and had an inappropriate relationship with Campbell.

The OIG’s investigation showed the following:

  • GAEA changed its leave accrual process for exempt and non-exempt employees
  • GAEA authorized cash payments to employees for existing compensatory leave balances without the approval of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. This violates Joint Policy No. 7.
  • Moore signed a document approving Campbell to use annual leave not yet officially accrued, thereby creating an exemption to GAEA’s leave policy.
  • Moore and Campbell were seen drinking what appeared to be alcoholic beverages from long-stemmed glasses in Campbell’s office after hours on the last night of GAEA’s annual rodeo. This violates State Personnel Board Rule 478-1-.21 which strictly prohibits the possession of or use of alcohol while on State premises or worksites.

Moore told the OIG he and Campbell were celebrating a successful rodeo event, according to a letter from the OIG to the Governor’s Office. The letter also says the OIG found no evidence of an inappropriate relationship between Campbell and Moore.

Moore resigned on December 31, 2015. The OIG said because many of the issues were resolved during the investigation, the only recommendation is for the Interim Executive Director to review Campbell’s violation to decide if any administrative action needs to be taken.

41NBC reached out to Campbell and the Interim Executive Director. Stephen Rodgers, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, said the GAEA has no comment on the investigation and any comment will be deferred until the OIG notifies them of the report and they have sufficient time to review it.

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