GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Internal emails between Greensboro city staff show they didn't have a problem with ignoring policy and writing a check to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum without a signed contract.
The city wrote a check to the civil rights museum for $750,000 on October 25.
According to internal emails, city attorney Mujeeb Shah-Khan told former city manager Denise Turner-Roth "If you need to the payment out before the contract is signed by them... that won't be an issue."
That email was sent on October 24. The next day, Turner-Roth's assistant emailed city finance director Rick Lusk, "Denise wants to process the payment today. What needs to be done?"
Lusk responded, "Has the loan agreement been signed? That is needed before the payment can be processed."
Lusk was told the city attorney gave the clear - and he responded, "As long as everyone understands the risk of not having a signed agreement and circumventing the internal control system."
Shah-Khan responded, "We understand the risks."
Internal emails also show the museum defaulted on a 2010 loan with Carolina Bank.