Report: Whiskeytown Superintendent Improperly Solicited Funds
The report claims that the superintendent ordered subordinates to work on projects for the non-profit and wore his uniform while soliciting donations from businesses for the non-profit, which are illegal practices
Following an investigation,Â U.S. Department of Interior Inspector General’s Office found that Jim Milestone, the superintendent of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, improperly solicited funds for the Friends of Whiskeytown, a non-profit organization supporting the popular park.
The report claims that Milestone ordered subordinates to work on projects for the non-profit and wore his uniform while soliciting donations from businesses for the non-profit, which are illegal practices. Milestone has been assigned to a non-supervisory role outside the park while administrators mull possible discipline.
After a quick google search, we found a YouTube video of Milestone soliciting support for the YMCA, a local non-profit, while in uniform:
During the investigation, Milestone was also found to have ignored regulations and policies requiring him to consult with Native American tribes over concerns that a planned hiking path would desecrate land sacred to tribes. Investigators also concluded Milestone displayed unprofessional conduct with sexual innuendos and demeaning comments about employees’ looks and using a government vehicle for personal errands.
The Interior Department launched the investigation into Milestone’s actions after a complaint was received last year.
This news comes as a shock to park supporters who have known the hands-on supervisor of the park for the past 17 years. Whiskeytown remains one of the most popular destinations in Northern California, with incredible waterfall hikes and a beautiful lake for swimming and recreation.
Is this a case of government overreach or abuse of power? Let us know in the comments.
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