Okaloosa TDC probe expands

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

“If I’d have known the truth, we would have done it like we’d done it the previous four or five years, where we got together at the fairgrounds and the commissioners cooked for the employees,” he said.

Commissioners Dave Parisot and Wayne Harris said Bellinger told them the party’s food and other amenities had been donated.

“I did ask Mark how everything was being funded,” Parisot said. “He said everything was donated by various businesses and vendors.”

Parisot recalled a fun party with beautiful decorations, a large dinner buffet and Wii games such as bowling.

“There was a band there and there was a cash bar,” he said.

Harris, who also attended, said he didn’t question Bellinger’s explanation.

“It’s not uncommon in that world that businesses like Aramark would donate things,” he said. “It’s not an uncommon practice.”

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