Pierce County fires supervisor who allegedly misused money for homeless veterans




For five years, Clyde Drury III ran the Pierce County Veterans Bureau, in charge of an annual budget as high as $800,000 intended to help homeless veterans.

Since December, the former Air Force senior master sergeant insisted the government checks he was taking every month to a friend were going to help down-and-out vets.

Trouble was, people who checked on the spending couldn’t find the veterans.

All they could find were successive $6,000 checks sent to a business run by a close friend of Drury’s.

Drury was fired last weekfrom his $68,213 annual position after a county investigation concluded he misspent more than $36,000 collected by a special property tax earmarked for hire vetsveterans programs. He’s now the subject of a criminal investigation that could compel him to repay the money.

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