Macon’s internal auditor Erika Shelton resigns

Macon’s internal auditor, who recently made waves with a critical report on operations at the city-owned Bowden Golf Course, has resigned effective Sept. 25.

Erika Shelton, whom Mayor Robert Reichert chose to review city operations, is leaving to take another job, Reichert spokesman Andrew Blascovich said.

“She did great work,” he said.

Though some city jobs are frozen when vacated to save money, Blascovich said the mayor plans to fill this one. The internal auditor periodically reviews city departments, particularly those that handle cash.

Earlier this year, Shelton’s office reviewed the city’s automobile fleet, city-owned properties and Bowden Golf Course, where problems were found with the way employees kept sales records.

The administration has said it’s addressing those problems, and the Macon City Council is waiting to see how that goes before considering whether to privatize the course and get the city out of the golf course business.

Reached on her personal cell phone Tuesday evening, Shelton declined to comment about her reasons for leaving the city or her future plans. In her resignation letter to the mayor, Shelton said she is “forever grateful for (Reichert’s) support and encouragement and the opportunity the city has afforded my family and me.”