Okaloosa TDC probe expands

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM.

Eddins said until the auditor general’s final report is completed, “our (local law enforcement) review is still preliminary.”

The Daily News has learned through investigation and interviews that the Sheriff’s Office questioned county commissioners about the extent of their knowledge of TDC spending under Bellinger.

Each of the commissioners has been grilled regarding what they knew about the $40,000 Christmas party, which was held in the main ballroom of the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

The party “was a gala,” Commissioner Bill Roberts said.

“It was a surprise, I guess you could say, to walk in and see the setup of the room and how nice it was,” he recalled. “Honestly, I thought Mark had done a good job with what he had done … with what he had told us he had gotten done.

“If any of the commissioners had realized the true cost of it, it would have never happened.”

Roberts said he was not aware of the cost of the party beforehand.

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