Columbus Zoo investigations: Here’s where things stand

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

There are a number of ongoing reviews and investigations involving the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium following a March report by The Dispatch that uncovered improper use of zoo resources by former CEO and President Tom Stalf and former Chief Financial Officer Greg Bell. 

Both men resigned shortly thereafter, and zoo officials are cooperating with the state agencies reviewing the nonprofit.  

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Here’s a look at the various inquiries and where they stand.  

Columbus Zoo: What’s happened so far

Questions by The Dispatch about executives’ personal use of zoo resources sparked an internal review by the zoo’s board of directors in March. A committee of board members then recommended hiring outside counsel to investigate, and the board hired Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP to conduct the review. 

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