LAS CRUCES, N.M. (WR) — A whistleblower criticism says the CEO of New Mexico’s business spacecraft launch facility pressured the previous chief monetary officer to avoid inner monetary controls and accounting protocol.
The criticism obtained by a public data request says Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks additionally tried to observe the CFO’s communications with state Financial Improvement Director Alicia Keyes, the Las Cruces Solar-Information experiences.
The four-page criticism was submitted in June by Zach De Gregorio, who has since resigned as CFO.
The criticism accuses Hicks of “gross mismanagement and abuse of authority,” whereas making clear that no legal guidelines or rules had been damaged. Nonetheless, he writes that Hicks created “a poisonous atmosphere.”
Keyes mentioned in July that Hicks was positioned on go away pending an investigation, however didn’t present additional particulars.
Hicks declined to touch upon the criticism, because of the pending investigation. De Gregorio didn’t instantly return a telephone message.
Spaceport America, constructed with $220 million in public funding, is situated in Sierra County close to Upham, New Mexico. Its main tenant is Virgin Galactic, which goals to start launching house flights for business passengers from New Mexico this 12 months. The spaceport maintains administrative workplaces on the campus of New Mexico State College in Las Cruces.