OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - The mayor of a small West Tennessee town is facing criminal charges.
Our cameras were rolling when investigators tried to serve him with the indictment. A slew of authorities with the TBI and Fayette County Sheriff's Department surrounded Oakland Mayor Bill Mullins' home for about 20 minutes Monday evening.
They were trying to serve the Mayor with an indictment fresh from the Fayette County Grand Jury.
For some people in Oakland, it was a cause for celebration.
"He's not a good Mayor," Oakland resident Mary Pennington said. "That's all I can say without getting really upset and mad."
The Mayor of about 17 years wasn't home. A couple of hours before authorities tried to serve the indictment the Mayor told me over the phone he was in Gulfport, Mississippi. Mullins says he is the victim of a political conspiracy.
"The losers that lost the election called the TBI on me," Mullins said. "That's all I know, I'm not guilty of anything."
Sources say the indictment claims the Mayor profited off a side business he has repairing transmissions in a garage behind his house. The city sent city vehicles to Cordova Automotive in Oakland. Cordova Automotive does not repair transmissions, rather it sends them to Mullins to repair. Mullins says he doesn't see any conflict.
"I fail to see a problem with it," he said. "I had the best price, the best warranty, the best in town."
Mullins went on to say he's repaired transmissions for free.
"I've done it for free rebuilt 20 to 30 of them," the Mayor said.
Mullins says he's confident his name will be cleared.
"I'm not guilty of nothing," Mullins said. "The town is not short nothing, I don't see no problem."
Mullins said he plans to head back and turn himself in at nine or ten o'clock Tuesday morning. He said he plans to fight the charges and will not resign.