FORT WALTON BEACH — A lawsuit filed by an ex-employee accuses both the Panhandle Animal Welfare Board of Directors and former Executive Director Dee Thompson of mishandling finances.
Manda Moore, who served as community development coordinator for the county’s animal services provider until September of 2019, claims she was fired when she came forward as a whistle blower to speak out against fiscal mismanagement.
“Ms. Moore voiced objections to activities she believed to be violations of the law, rule or regulation,” the lawsuit, filed Aug. 21, states. It claims Thompson, who resigned unexpectedly in February for “personal reasons,” misused and misapplied PAWS money and made false statements in order to obtain or retain grant money.