Delta Symphony Orchestra returns money donated by ex-county clerk

JONESBORO, Ark. – A local non-profit organization has announced it will return a donation made by the former Craighead County clerk after learning it was made during a period he was allegedly stealing funds.

On July 14, the Delta Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting. By unanimous vote, the group decided to return a $6,000 donation received in February from former Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday.

Holliday is accused of transferring $1.6 million in county funds to his personal and business accounts in the first half of 2020. The accusations include transfers of over $300,000 from a government account to his business account in February alone.

Read more about his arrest here. Read about the timeline events here.

“In light of the recent alleged theft and embezzlement of county funds by Mr. Holliday, the DSO Board feels it is not prudent to keep this money that is possibly tainted,” said Dr. Warren Skaug, board president. “We are tendering the money to Craighead County for the court to later determine who is the rightful owner of these funds.”

The Delta Symphony Orchestra plays an important part in the arts community in NEA and has since 1975. Their stated mission is to enrich people’s lives through the power of music.

“As a non-profit arts organization, we are dependent and appreciative of donations,” said Dr. Skaug. “But in response to the recent circumstances involving one of our donors, we feel it is in our best interest to return this donation.”

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