Chuck Ardo, the spokesman for the Attorney General's Office, said that "we have not heard a satisfactory response from" the Hershey Trust on other outstanding concerns.
Before a 2013 agreement, there was no limit on board compensation. The 2013 agreement limited compensation to a base pay of $30,000 a year, but also includes more pay for attending meetings and heading committees. The attorney general’s office expressed "serious concerns regarding the apparent violations of the 2013 agreement."
In its latest filing with the IRS for the year ending July 31, 2014, the Hershey charity disclosed that Velma Redmond, the current chairwoman earned $97,500 in directors' compensation, Joseph Senser, the vice chairman earned $204,500, and long-standing board member and a former chairman who joined in 2001, Robert Cavanaugh, earned $332,500.
Mark Pacella, the chief deputy attorney general, alleges the Hershey board's apparent "failure to exercise its best efforts in a timely manner to secure new board members" with experience in early childhood education and working with at-risk children.
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