WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Problems continue for Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle who's accused of spending taxpayers money for his own personal expenses.
A hearing Friday in Boston and an investigation completed by the Inspector General all came to the same conclusion that Dobelle broke school policy.
From Westfield to Boston both taxpayers and lawmakers are trying to make sense of WSU President Evan Dobelle's controversial spending habits.
"Misuse of funds is misuse of funds. Some people take it for granted that they have that luxury and they abuse it. Whether he did or not, I'm not sure," said Westfield's John Wellspeak.
Dobelle is accused of using school money to fund personal travel and entertainment expenses that he says benefit the school.
Dobelle paid some of the money back but the state and taxpayers are now questioning how he can effectively continue doing his job.
"He's got to be accountable. I kind of scratch my head over that because he's in a very public position which is subject to scrutiny anyway and I don't know what he was thinking," added Westfield's Stu Vogt.
The Inspector General drafted a letter to the school's board of trustees explaining it found the President violated school policy and it should consider that moving forward.
Following a hearing on the matter, Board of Trustees Chair Jack Flynn couldn't say for sure if they can move on.
"There's got to be some real soul searching and some decisions that we all have to make, the President, the board, is this a good relationship that's the issue, can we move on and how are we going to move on," Flynn said.
Dobelle says he has no plans to step down from his job.
He said his spending was "strategically planned" and that he was proud of his accomplishments as president.