Though SEDC Chairman Artie M. “Chip” Owen has responded to some of the questions put to him by Mayor Jerry Sanders, he hasn’t yet replied to other queries from the Mayor’s Office and has missed a deadline to reply to a letter sent by mayoral aides a week ago.

On Friday evening, Owen sent Sanders a memo and documents in response to a slew of questions the mayor asked in reference to a investigation into SEDC’s clandestine bonus and extra compensation system.

But Owen’s Friday memo only responds to those initial questions the mayor asked in his first memo to SEDC, which was sent the day the story broke almost two weeks ago.

Since that first memo, the mayor’s aides have sent Owen several pages of additional questions, as we reported in this story.

Owen was supposed to reply to that letter by Friday, but the city has received no response from him.

A few days after the story broke, the mayor’s comptroller sent Owen another 29-page letter, which included a worksheet for Owen to complete on the various extra compensation payments received by SEDC’s President Carolyn Y. Smith and Finance Director Dante Dayacap.

The answers to all those questions are yet to come in. The comptroller’s letter gave Owen until Aug.1 for that response.


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