Chief refused to release audit initially

July 17, 1994|By Scott Higham | Scott Higham,Sun Staff Writer

On June 8, State Police Superintendent Larry W. Tolliver responded to a public records request filed by The Sun seeking copies of an internal audit of the Block drug investigation.

His answer: The audit is "not complete."

But on May 11 -- nearly a month before writing that response -- Colonel Tolliver sent a memo to the drug bureau chief. The memo stated: "Attached is the recently completed audit," according to a copy obtained by The Sun.

In recent weeks, The Sun also obtained copies of the audit and notified Colonel Tolliver that it planned to publish a report detailing its findings.

Friday, he released the audit to the newspaper and issued a statement to explain the contradiction.

"The data in this report has led to the initiation of an additional internal investigation, which is the reason why I initially hesitated to release this material to The Sun," Colonel Tolliver said. "I remain uncomfortable in releasing this information due to the ongoing nature of the pending investigation."

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