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YMCA Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Wrongdoing, Says Board Chairman

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A sign that reads Copley-Price Family YMCA is shown.

The YMCA is mum on whether the findings will be revealed.

An inquiry into the operation of the YMCA of San Diego County appears to clear the organization’s leadership of any wrongdoing according to insiders, but the findings have not been made public.

The board hired an outside investigator in response to allegations that YMCA executives, some of them minorities, had been forced out and that business contracts were awarded for reasons other than merit.

In an email to branch board members, YMCA corporate board chairman John Maguire wrote the probe found no financial fraud, no unlawful discrimination and no violations of the Y’s mission.

Former Ecke YMCA branch board member Bob Ayers was asked to leave earlier this year after he raised questions about a policy change.

Ayers said Maguire’s email expressed Maguire’s opinions, “but it really doesn’t provide the information that I’m interested in,” he said. “I’m interested in seeing the report itself and I think everybody across the county in ‘YMCA Land’ is of the same notion.”

A YMCA spokesperson did not respond to questions about the investigation, including whether it would be made public.

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