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Stakeholders hear plight of CCH

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, August 1st, 2013

A full room of Custer County Housing and Redevelopment Commission (CCH) stakeholders, including former board members, creditors and other concerned citizens, gathered at the Custer County Courthouse Mon-day morning to hear the same message the new CCH board has been preaching for the past several months: CCH is broke.
The new board members laid out the situation for those in the audience, but some of those who gave private loans at the behest of former CCH director Connie Gorsuch were quick to come to her defense, saying they still had faith in her and questioned the veracity of the accusations made about mismanagement of CCH during her tenure.
John Rittberger of Hermosa, who, along with his brother, were among the people who loaned CCH $25,000 during Gorsuch’s tenure, said he has never heard of anybody who would question the integrity of former board members John Preston and Stan Neugebauer, nor would he ever question the integrity of the Gorsuch name.
Preston was also at the meeting, saying he did not like the way the information was being presented by the new board, and that Gorsuch was not able to defend herself. Gorsuch said she plans to comment  in the near future. Preston said Gorsuch would give her side of the story when the time was right. He added that the missing audits were not the fault of either Gorsuch or the old board, saying it was the fault of a former bookkeeper, whom he refused to name.

A full room of Custer County Housing and Redevelopment Commission (CCH) stakeholders, including former board members, creditors and other concerned citizens, gathered at the Custer County Courthouse Mon-day morning to hear the same message the new CCH board has been preaching for the past several months: CCH is broke.

The new board members laid out the situation for those in the audience, but some of those who gave private loans at the behest of former CCH director Connie Gorsuch were quick to come to her defense, saying they still had faith in her and questioned the veracity of the accusations made about mismanagement of CCH during her tenure.

John Rittberger of Hermosa, who, along with his brother, were among the people who loaned CCH $25,000 during Gorsuch’s tenure, said he has never heard of anybody who would question the integrity of former board members John Preston and Stan Neugebauer, nor would he ever question the integrity of the Gorsuch name.

Preston was also at the meeting, saying he did not like the way the information was being presented by the new board, and that Gorsuch was not able to defend herself. Gorsuch said she plans to comment  in the near future. Preston said Gorsuch would give her side of the story when the time was right. He added that the missing audits were not the fault of either Gorsuch or the old board, saying it was the fault of a former bookkeeper, whom he refused to name.

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