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FRIBA Calls for Compassion in Midst of Scandals

15 April 2019 Front Royal/Warren County News

The Board of Directors of the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance issued a call for the community to be “level headed and compassionate” in the midst of the scandals impacting local government and the Economic Development Authority.

The open letter from the FRIBA came as the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office empaneled a special grand jury last week to investigate alleged public corruption related to Warren County EDA, based upon a Virginia State Police investigation. It also followed a resolution from the Town of Front Royal to move forward on a FOIA request for a forensic audit conducted by the EDA. That audit is the basis of a $17 million civil suit filed by the EDA against former director Jennifer McDonald and eight other defendants that alleges misappropriation of funds.

The FRIBA said Thursday (4/11/2019) that “this crisis affects the trust we have in our elected and appointed officials, which could further jeopardize the faith that we have had in our systems and in our fellow citizens.” It went on to ask that the public “learn from the mistakes from this period of time… study the issues, [and] avoid the negative crowds and social media mudslinging.”

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