Clearfield's aquatics manager has been fired following an internal audit of the swimming pool department.

Jerry A. Bowles, 49, who managed Clearfield's pool since July, was fired Tuesday "for failing to follow established procedures involving funds at the pool," said City Recorder Richard Waite.A release said the audit, performed the week of April 1, is being forwarded to the Davis County attorney's office "for an impartial and detached review of the findings.

"Because of any action the county attorney may or may not take following their review, further comment on the matter by Clearfield City personnel would be imprudent."

City Manager Jack Bippes decided to fire Bowles after reviewing the audit and conducting "an extensive interview with Mr. Bowles," the release said.

Bippes and City Attorney Larry Waggoner were out of town and unavailable for comment. Bowles has an unlisted phone number.

Waite refused to discuss or release the contents of the audit, though he could not cite legal authority for withholding the information.

"I'm just not going to comment on it any further . . . You've got the press release. That's all there is."

However, Waite, speaking personally, said Bowles "has been the best aquatics manager the city has ever had."

Bowles was formerly employed as a swimming instructor by Bountiful City, from which he resigned to take the Clearfield job.

"He has done more for the Clearfield pool in the past months than has been done for a long time," Waite said.

Indeed, the pool management appeared to have been in need of improvement when Bowles was hired.

According to an outside audit performed by the accounting firm Ernst & Young, the swimming pool department spent more than twice the money budgeted to it in fiscal year 1990. Though budgeted $86,000, the department spent $173,000.

The biggest overexpenditures were in salaries, which were budgeted for $59,000 but outspent by $34,000, and materials and supplies, for which $60,000 was spent.

Noting that the swimming pool department was one of a dozen departments that had overspent their budgets, the city, in its response to the Ernst & Young audit, stated:

"This was due to lack of foresight and planning problems on the part of the staff during the budgeting process."

Though other departments overspent their budgets, the swimming pool department had the most red ink, having spent 102 percent more than was budgeted.