“Page didn’t attend Tuesday’s virtual meeting, nor did Cindy Brinkley, the former Centene executive whom he named to oversee the response effort. Deborah Patterson, who reports to Brinkley, outlined future guidelines for grants from the federal funds. Yet she acknowledged that $2.6 million in grants already awarded to five nonprofit groups did not follow those guidelines. She couldn’t even outline her humanitarian response budget.<br><br>Even County Council Chairwoman Lisa Clancy, Page’s top cheerleader on the council, whose brother is co-managing Page’s election campaign, expressed concerns about funds possibly being diverted and the lack of a clear plan as a spending deadline approaches.”

"Page didn’t attend Tuesday’s virtual meeting, nor did Cindy Brinkley, the former Centene executive whom he named to oversee the response effort. Deborah Patterson, who reports to Brinkley, outlined future guidelines for grants from the federal funds. Yet she acknowledged that $2.6 million in grants already awarded to five nonprofit groups did not follow those guidelines. She couldn’t even outline her humanitarian response budget.

Even County Council Chairwoman Lisa Clancy, Page’s top cheerleader on the council, whose brother is co-managing Page’s election campaign, expressed concerns about funds possibly being diverted and the lack of a clear plan as a spending deadline approaches."

Editorial: County Council suffers buyer's remorse after relinquishing oversight

The County Council gave up oversight authority over $173.5 million in federal pandemic-response funds. Now members see why it was a bad move.
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