Mecklenburg mental health director resigns in wake of scandal – Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County mental health director Grayce Crockett resigned Tuesday on the heels of a scandal involving a major contractor her department was supposed to oversee.

Crockett’s resignation, effective Jan. 11, follows a host of revelations about Mecklenburg Open Door, one of the county’s largest mental health contractors.

Ed Payton, the nonprofit’s former executive director, has been accused of embezzling more than $145,000. A federal grand jury indicted Payton in November, two months after the Observer reported allegations that he has misused Open Door’s money.

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