published Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Board member resigns from Tennessee Multicultural Chamber

by Cliff Hightower
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    VW North American Region purchasing director Thomas Loafman

A board member for the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce resigned today, citing a lack of investigation by the board and an unwillingness to put Executive Director Sherrie Gilchrist on at least a temporary suspension.

Thomas Loafman, director of purchasing for Volkswagen Group of America, wrote in a resignation letter today that VW supports the chamber’s mission, but that the board decided against steps last week he said were needed.

Some of the largest steps, he wrote, included an “investigation should have been immediately requested” and that Gilchrist “should have been put on at least a temporary suspension of duties” until an audit and investigation were concluded.

The chamber has been under fire for a week after a city audit detailed financial mismanagement, extravagant salaries and travel expenses, and questionable loans and land purchases.

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Oz said...

Only one person on the board with ethics?

July 19, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.
librul said...

Sherrie Gilchrist is a nice person with more professional cred than all the namecalling numbskulls in these threads put together.

Still waiting for that detailed audit of the republican, "white" chamber.

Chattanooga's reputation as a hotbed of racism, prejudice and ignorance remains unchallenged so at least it can be rated first in something.

Wonder if old man Skillern has learned how to cook BBQ yet. Doubt it.

What's that? Gunfire on the Walnut Street Bridge?

July 19, 2011 at 11:45 p.m.
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