Councilman Calls for "Inquiry" About Museum Check

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro City Councilman Tony Wilkins is asking - did the city do something illegal when it wrote a check the civil rights museum without a signed contract in place?

But he says it's not his question.

Councilman Wilkins told WFMY News 2 he's been getting "so many" calls from people in his district about what exactly happened. He says they want to be sure nothing illegal took place.

On Tuesday, Councilman Wilkins will meet with the city manager and the chief of police.

Councilman Wilkins is not calling for a criminal investigation, and says his request is in "no ways meant to be accusatory."

The check in question was written to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum for $750,000 in October. Former city attorney Mujeeb Shah-Khan told the former city manager it "wouldn't be an issue" to write the check without a signed contract in place.

The city manager made the final call but Shah-khan has been getting a lot of fingers pointed at him.

READ:City Emails Show Concern Raised About ICRCM Payment

Shah-Khan resigned on Friday. He told WFMY News 2 on Monday that he did not do anything wrong.

"The next person that becomes the interim city attorney will be the eighth person to lead the office in five years. That's a concern," explained Mujeeb Shah-Khan.

"But, I will say this, I came in and hoped that this would be the place I would retire from. That didn't happen. It's going to be up to the city council and future city councils to decide how they want to deal with that. It is something that affects how Greensboro can be viewed."

How the city is viewed is a concern of Councilwoman Sharon Hightower. She says she understands Councilman Wilkins' position but does not think an inquiry is necessary. She said she believes it's "even insulting to current and former staff."

Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter said Councilman Wilkins told her about the concerns he'd received from his constituents. She advised him to meet with the city manager and chief of police for direction.

Councilwoman Yvonne Johnson said has not spoken to Wilkins about the issue.

Johnson said, "I like to do business crossing all the i's and dotting the t's," but adds she does not "believe anything illegal or shady happened."

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