The city treasury of Harrisburg, Pa., is free of security breaches, its interim treasurer said, after an investigation that followed the arrest of his predecessor for theft from two local nonprofits where he managed two financial accounts.
"My charge was to make sure that all of the city of Harrisburg funds were safe and uncompromised by the former treasurer [John Campbell]," Wambach wrote to Mayor Eric Papenfuse.
The city maintains 54 accounts at several banks and with commonwealth Treasury.
"I am pleased to report that there were no breaches to any of these accounts because fail-safe procedures were built into every one of them. You must have certain permissions/clearances to access the bank accounts. John Campbell simply never had them."
Papenfuse instructed Wambach to investigate accounts in Pennsylvania's 49,000-population capital city after Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico charged Campbell in late August with stealing thousands of dollars from the Historic Harrisburg Association nonprofit and the Capital Regional Stonewall Democrats, a political organization.
Campbell resigned shortly thereafter.
The City Council on Monday night chose certified public accountant Timothy East as the next city treasurer. East, who won out over five other candidates including former comptroller and mayoral candidate Dan Miller, will serve the last 15 months of Campbell's part-time, $20,000-per-year term.
Harrisburg last year averted bankruptcy through a recovery plan that restructured more than $600 million of debt.