Court records reveal the outgoing county commissioner applied for a job at a county-funded facility
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) — Julia Olson-Boseman, chairwoman of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners, was in court last month. Under oath, she provided several revelations about her drinking habits, her drug and alcohol use, and her attempt to find employment at a facility she championed as commissioner and which the county helps fund.
Over the past 18 months, allegations against New Hanover County Commission Chairwoman Julia Olson-Boseman have continued to pile up. From an investigation by the North Carolina State Bar into allegedly mishandling client funds — to the alleged $50 million offer to a local nonprofit — residents and officials of the state have all expressed their concerns.
Now, court testimony reveals a possible conflict of interest: In late September, Olson-Boseman applied for a job at The Healing Place, the county-funded facility she championed as county president. According to Olson-Boseman’s testimony, she was not qualified for the position of director of the facility, but was told that The Healing Place would “find a place for her in the organization”.
Olson-Boseman also admitted under oath to using drugs and alcohol daily from the beginning of this year until July – and spending almost all of the $118,000 she was transferred from a joint bank account while her family was on vacation in Italy.
WHQR and WECT obtained court tapes where Olson-Boseman deals with two different family matters. While these personal matters are generally not covered, allegations of mismanagement of money, admissions of substance abuse, and possible conflict of interest as chairman of the board of commissioners seeking employment at an institution financed by county money are of public interest. interest.
The place of healing
The Healing Place is a new treatment facility that New Hanover County took out $24 million in loans to build. The facility has been the subject of several rounds of controversy over the past four years, including refoulement when the county has applied for a special use permit needed to build it within Wilmington city limits. There was also frustration, including a commissionerwhen Trillium launched bait and switch, replacing Wilmington-based Coastal Horizons with Kentucky-based The Healing Place, and effectively eliminated physician-assisted treatment (MAT) from the establishment’s approach in favor of l directed abstinence.
Through it all, Olson-Boseman was a strong advocate for the establishment – sometimes citing her own experience of drug and alcohol use, and subsequent recovery, as inspiration to support the establishment based on the ‘abstinence.
Although The Healing Place’s funding structure is somewhat complicated, the county plays a major role, including providing support for 50 of the facility’s 200 beds in the county’s annual budget.
Now, according to Olson-Boseman’s sworn testimony on September 28, she has applied and been offered a position at The Healing Place.
“Yes, I interviewed yesterday for a job at The Healing Place…it’s a new 200 bed facility opening, 100 beds for women and 100 beds for men. The position I applied for, facilities manager, is not what they said – I knew I was not for it, but they said they would be happy they would find me a job. place in this organization. she says.
In an email response to an interview request, Olson-Boseman addressed her application, writing, “I’m trying to get on with my life and find a job doing something I’m passionate about. That’s why I ‘ve applied for a job at I haven’t used my status or involvement in any way in this process, but I’m sure your reporting will ensure that I won’t get this job and opportunity anyway .
The Healing Place of Kentucky did not respond to a request for comment on Olson-Boseman’s candidacy. None of Olson-Boseman’s colleagues on the board of commissioners responded to a request for comment on a potential conflict of interest.
Finances have played a major role in the controversies surrounding Olson-Boseman. The allegations of mismanagement of client funds from practicing law until draining a joint bank account of around $118,000 in July – judges are now ordering her to tell them where that money went.
The State Bar successfully received an order from a Wake County judge that Olson-Boseman submit the bank statements linked to his professional account. Now Family Court Judge Elizabeth Keever wants her to provide a record of how she spent the money from the shared account with his wife.
In an attempt to determine what marital assets are at stake in the separation between Olson-Boseman and his wife, Angie Olson-Boseman, Julia Olson-Boseman was also questioned in court during a September 26 hearing on a major salary. which earned him over $800,000. . Olson-Boseman confirmed they were proceeds from her law firm, which she said was closed when she retired in January 2021.
Her attorney, Chris Johnson, asked the court to redact identifying details of the case, which was only identified as a personal injury settlement, but on the stand Olson-Boseman confirmed she had deposited two checks — one for $666,666.66 on Sept. 22, 2021 and one for $161,000 on Oct. 9, 2021 — from cases she described as “connected.” She also said that she has not yet paid taxes on this income.
Olson-Boseman said she spent much of that money on a number of things, including furnishings, repairs and additions, a car, boat, golf cart and other “expenses. personal”.
Olson-Boseman also admitted to taking money from the sale of a boat, a check for $50,000 payable jointly to Olson-Boseman and his wife. Olson-Boseman admitted to depositing the check into his own account without his wife’s signature. When asked if the money was still in his account, Olson-Boseman said it was also spent.
At the September 26 hearing, Olson-Boseman said he had about $700 left, having apparently spent the last of the money in just one month over the summer.
According to court records, attorney Lori Rosbrugh, who represents Angie Olson-Boseman, questioned Julia Olson-Boseman about the levy on her bank accounts. The $118,000 she withdrew from her joint account was transferred to a business account, used to fund her party bus company, Odyssey Party Bus.
“Where is he now?” Rosbrugh asked, referring to money.
“Spent,” Olson-Boseman replied.
“You’ve spent $118,000 since July 25?” Rosbrugh continued.
“More than that, yes,” Olson-Boseman said.
After further follow-up questions regarding the proceeds from the $50,000 boat sale, Rosbrugh asked, “So do you have any money left in any of the [the] accounts that are in your name right now? »
Olson-Boseman replied that he had about $700 left in all those accounts.
“So you went from 118 plus 50 to $168,000,” Rosbrugh asked, “to $700, in a month?”
Olson-Boseman replied “correct”.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Keever ordered an accounting of all funds in all accounts that Olson-Boseman and his wife held in personal or joint accounts from the period between June 1 and August 31. . They had 30 days from September 26. hearing to provide these records.
Olson-Boseman went public with her personal substance abuse issues and entered treatment in 2013. However, during a September 28 hearing regarding custody issues, she admitted that she used drugs and oil on a daily basis. alcohol until recently.
A lawyer asked Olson-Boseman if she had used cannabis or drugs containing THC.
“Yes,” Olson-Boseman replied.
“Do you do all these things daily? Is that what you said? asked the lawyer.
“Yes,” she replied again.
“When you use these drugs, would you get to the state where you wouldn’t be able to drive him if you had to,” the attorney asked, referring to his ability to care for his son.
“I have such a high tolerance for drugs that they don’t even really affect me,” Olson-Boseman said.
Olson-Boseman was adamant that she was not drunk with her son, but acknowledged that her daily drug and alcohol use lasted from January until the end of July. She told the court she was now “back in the bedrooms”, meaning a 12-step recovery program.
Again, none of the other four members of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners responded to requests for comment on concerns about Olson-Boseman’s actions. A New Hanover County spokesperson also declined to comment.
Olson-Boseman declined an interview request to discuss his attempt to seek employment at The Healing Place, his financial troubles, and his drug and alcohol use.
In an email response, she wrote:
I know that because I’m a public figure you all feel you need to investigate the very personal and heartbreaking details of my life, but I feel like I’ve been through enough and it’s time to stop. trying to twist my personal life to sell stories. You don’t have all the facts about the money you’re talking about, but I can’t discuss them because of the current case. I went to treatment in 2013 for addiction and am now back in AA meetings, and I am committed to being sober for my son and making sure I can protect him and be there for him. And I’m trying to move on with my life and find a job doing something I’m passionate about. That’s why I applied for a job at The Healing Place. I have not used my status or my involvement in this process in any way, but I am sure that your reporting will ensure that I will not get this job and this opportunity anyway. Have I made mistakes in my personal life? Yes. I think we all have. But mine are just on display for everyone’s entertainment, it seems. My role as Commissioner has never been compromised, as the media has made it seem, and my commitment to making a difference and helping people has never wavered. But you don’t report all the good things I’ve done, because that doesn’t sell stories.
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