City: Free-golf probe leads to Beloit parks director's resignation, employee's suspension

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BELOIT, Wis. - Beloit's parks and recreation director resigned and a golf course supervisor was suspended over a probe into free golf and cart passes given to city employees and their relatives, according to a memo authored by City Manager Lori Curtis Luther.

According to the memo, dated Monday, the investigation was spurred by a May complaint that a city employee was receiving free golf and cart passes at the Krueger-Haskell Municipal Golf Course in exchange for cleaning clubhouse windows on the weekends.

Luther said the investigation's findings are "of great concern" and the city is addressing the issues raised.

The investigation substantiated those claims and found nearly 2,700 rounds of free golf and cart passes were used between 2014 and July 2017, according to the memo. That equals approximately $111,663 in golf services. A lack of records complicates calculating the total economic impact, however, the city said.

"Frankly I'm convinced that in addition to the nearly 2,700 rounds of free golf we uncovered, there were others that were likely off the books completely," Luther said Tuesday in an interview with News 3.

The Krueger-Haskell course has long run a deficit, Luther said.

"The investigation revealed a pervasive culture that has permitted free golf and cart usage to be bartered for volunteer hours worked, for other services rendered, and being treated as a 'perk' for certain employees," the memo said.