A Montgomery County report did not find that Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard misused taxpayer funds.
NBC News 4 reported a story last year that Pollard spent $70, 000 on trips since 2013, averaging 13 trips a year and expensing $1,792 for a five day stay at the Marriott Wardman in Northwest Washington.
Montgomery County Inspector General Edward Blansitt said Pollard’s expenses did not violate her contract with the Montgomery College Board of Trustees. Blansitt’s report did not determine whether Pollard’s expense made sense for the college, just that it did not violate her contract. “I’m just happy that the results show that the thing complies with the contract,” said Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large). “And I think that’s one set of issues, you can debate how much one spends, but the parameters are set by the college and whatever happened during this period comports with the parameters the college has and that’s a fair assessment.”
According to Blansitt, who review Pollard’s expense reports from July 2014 to December 2016, Pollard accumulated $91,550 in expenses.
Blansitt said Pollard the money went to fund travel, entertainment and other expenses as part of her duties as president. Blansitt said Pollard’s monthly expense reports were generated by a staff person at Montgomery College and then were validated by Pollard and her chief of staff/chief strategy officer and its senior vice president of administration and fiscal services.
According to the report, Pollard made 25 trips between July 2014 and December 2016, most of which were out of state. Blansitt did not perform a full audit of Pollard’s expenses anticipating an independent auditor would do it instead.
Blansitt said Montgomery College did not follow one of its policies to have an external auditor to review Pollard’s travel budget, but said an external auditor would not be able to determine whether a trip was worth while or not.