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Defiant Brinkerhoff-Riley Releases Audio

Cass Herrington

A defiant Evansville City Council member has rejected claims of impropriety and has released the audio from a private meeting. 

Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley told a gathering of news media and supporters that she’s posting online the audio of an “exit conference” between state auditors and Evansville officials.

Standing outside the Civic Center, Riley said the audit shows the city’s payroll finances under the current mayor are a mess.

Mayor Winnecke’s spokeswoman, Ella Johnson-Watson, tells WNIN News that Brinkerhoff Riley’s accusations are “blatantly wrong.” She says the mayor’s office is working with the State Board of Accounts to determine what it can say, but she says the mayor would “welcome releasing the audit.”

Brinkerhoff-Riley says the previous mayor, Jonathan Weinzapfel, is “irrelevant” to the current situation. She also deflected a question about former City Councilman Curt John, who says Brinkerhoff-Riley threatened his life. 

Brinkerhoff-Riley posted the audio recorded from her cell phone on her campaign website.

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