ComLinks CFO set to leave agency

The chief financial officer of a Malone-based community action agency is stepping down.

Brenda Mallette-Glennon became embroiled in a scandal at ComLinks last year, when a blistering audit from the state Comptroller's Office accused the agency's CEO, Nancy Reich, of financial wrongdoing.

The audit alleged that Mallette-Glennon failed in her duties as the agency's chief financial officer by not adequately overseeing Reich's actions.

Reich was accused of using both state and federal grant monies for personal expenses - buying things like expensive wine, pricey hotel rooms, and more to the tune of about $100,000.

Tim Lashomb is chairman of the ComLinks Board of Directors. He says Mallette-Glennon has officially resigned, effective Sept. 30.

In an interview with the Malone Telegram this week, Lashomb said Mallette-Glennon decided the agency could not afford her salary as CFO in addition to the salary of the executive director.

The agency has already discontinued its domestic violence program because of fiscal constraints.

Charges have been filed against Reich for her role in the scandal, but Mallette-Glennon has so far avoided legal action.

Speaking to the Malone Telegram, Lashomb called Mallette-Glennon a "dedicated, committed employee" who cares about the mission of ComLinks.

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