Woolston has been concerned enough about what he learned in a closed session meeting with auditors that he has considered consulting an attorney and may have already done so.
As noted in the June 9 Turner Report, the audit is highly critical of Woolston's involvement in real estate dealings in the area hit by the tornado:
The council members heard the results of the audit during a heated closed session last week. The city will submit responses to the auditors' findings, which will be included in the final report, likely to be revealed during a public session late this month or sometime in July.
The criticism reportedly dealt with some of the same issues addressed by the Loraine Report, which was highly critical of Woolston's efforts to buy property in the tornado-stricken area for Joplin developer Charlie Kuehn, who, in turn worked with former master developer Wallace-Bajjali and sold the property to the Joplin Redevelopment Corporation at a higher price.
Loraine accused the councilman of using insider knowledge and playing on his status as a city councilman and as the tornado mayor in his efforts to convince people to sell their property.
The auditors took the unusual step of issuing subpoenas to some of the CART (Citizens Advisory Recovery Team) members, who brought Wallace-Bajjali to Joplin.
The audit is expected to be released late this month or early in August.
People whose understanding of the Joplin situation is limited to what they have read in the Joplin Globe may be caught off guard by revelations concerning Woolston, but not readers of the Turner Report, which has been on top of the Wallace-Bajjali scandal and Woolston's problems. An even deeper understanding of how these events came to pass can be found in Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, available at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shoppe (as of about 2:30 or 3 this afternoon) in Joplin and Pat's Books in Carthage. The book can also be purchased from Amazon in paperback or e-book format at the links below: