Ticket Scandal Update: Quincy Commissioners Accept Resignation

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UPDATED by Andy Alcock
September 19, 2013

Quincy city commissioners accepted the resignation of Charles Hayes at their meeting Wednesday night.

It comes after commissioners received a copy of a letter threatening to sue the city over ticket concerns from the Fantasia concert on Labor Day.

Hayes submitted his resignation letter one week after the concert.

Referring to his time working for the city he said, "I feel I've done all that I can do at this point."

The letter says his resignation would be effective October 25th.

However, Commissioner Derrick Elias argued Hayes should be fired.

Instead, commissioners decided to accept his resignation.

But they made it effective October 8th instead of the 25th.

The decision comes after the Fantasia promoters' attorney sent a letter to the city claiming Hayes was the point person for the city selling concert tickets.

The letter also claims an employee or employees counterfeited tickets and VIP passes to divert money from the sales to the promoter.

The resignation aslo comes after a woman employed by the city was fired after a public dispute with Hayes' wife at the city sponsored event the Sunday before Labor Day.

It was all supposed to be about fun.

There were three days of Labor Day weekend events in Quincy.

On Monday, it finished with rythm and blues and American Idol star Fantasia's concert.

However, the promoters of the event have sent a letter to Quincy City Manager Jack McLean claiming a city employee or employees counterfeited tickets and VIP passes to shortchange the promoter ticket sales money.

"We'll just turn it over to our counsel and let the attorney deal with that issue," said McLean.

The letter states Charles Hayes negotiated the deal on behalf of the city.

Hayes also spoke to us on Labor Day about the concert.

One week after the concert, Hayes submitted his resignation letter to the city effective next month.

It does not say why he quit.

When reached by phone, Hayes said the job was causing too much stress with his family and he was unaware of the lawyer's letter.

But he declined our request for an on camera interview.

As part of his demands to the city, the concert promoter's lawyer wants ticket sales and sponsorship documents and documents relating to what the lawyer calls Hayes' "abrupt departure" from the city.

"The city will respond to the request for documentation," said McLean.

The lawyer also asked for documents relating to a woman's departure from city government and said a lawsuit will be filed if the demands aren't met.

According to city records, that woman was fired after she had a public confrontation with Hayes' wife at the Sunday Labor Day weekend event.

"The conduct was simply inappropriate for a city employee," said McLean.

The concert controversy isn't Quincy's only problem.

The city recently was late paying Blue Cross Blue Shield.

It resulted in some city employees having their insurance canceled.

We're told that matter has since been resolved.

However, past due payments to dozens of other city vendors are pending.

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