Previous Columbus Zoo CEO Tom Stalf to fork out back again $400,000

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium CEO Tom Stalf speaks at the Athletic Club of Columbus in this Dispatch file photo from 2014.

Former Columbus Zoo and Aquarium CEO Tom Stalf has agreed to pay back again $400,000 after investigations final 12 months located that he and other best officials misused zoo means, ensuing in hundreds of countless numbers of bucks in losses for the taxpayer-supported nonprofit. 

The zoo board of directors unanimously authorised the settlement Friday early morning, chairman Keith Shumate claimed. 

Stalf agreed to pay again the money so that he could go forward with his lifetime, according to his lawyer, Rex Elliott. But the zoo was effectively knowledgeable of Stalf’s actions and has designed him a scapegoat, the lawyer mentioned. 

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Stalf’s settlement arrangement comes nearly a calendar year just after he and former zoo main monetary officer Greg Bell resigned subsequent a Dispatch investigation that exposed their poor use of zoo resources. The two males permitted their relations to reside in zoo-owned homes at underneath-market place rents, and sought tickets and suites to live shows and amusement situations — means supposed for internet hosting zoo supporters and making donor relations — for on their own and their family customers.