A newly chartered non-profit organization will take over management of community events for the town of White Bluff and help with fund-raising for special projects such as downtown revitalization. Attorney and former Councilman Allen Johnson told the White Bluff Town Council Tuesday night that the non-profit Friends of White Bluff has been officially incorporated and is beginning the process of organizing. Johnson said the group was formed to handle any events for the town that involve expenses or fund-raising so those monies will not have to be handled by town employees. Auditors have consistently said having city workers controlling money for and from fund-raisers is not good internal control, according to Recorder Melody Lewis. Johnson said the Friends of White Bluff’s initial board of directors will consist of himself, Public Works Director Jeff Martin and Council member Stephanie Murrell. Once that group organizes and begins to draft by-laws, it will have the option of increasing the size of its board. Johnson said the group will be able to organize events, solicit donations and apply for grants for various projects while providing independent management of funds. While the Friends group will be operated by its own board of directors, Mayor Linda Hayes said she hopes its by-laws will be drawn to include the mayor, mayor’s representative or at least a council member as a standing member of the board so the town council has input and access to information about the group’s efforts and operations.