Millington mayor stands his ground at first meeting since raid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Millington mayor stands his ground at first meeting since raid

(WMC-TV) - Millington Mayor Richard Hodges stood his ground Monday night at the city's monthly meeting of its Board of Alderman.

Hodges brought a photo of his late wife Rita to the meeting - the first since her suicide last week.

"When I hear things like this, I'll be a little more compassionate to folks, too," he said.

Hodges said God is getting him through the aftermath of her death, and the TBI investigation that included a raid of city offices one day after she died.

"Inside I'd like to crash, but the Lord has given me the strength and my kids are backing me," he said.

The first two rows of seating during the meeting were reserved for the mayor's family. Many in the standing-room only crowd said they supported him, but we found mixed opinions before the meeting.

"Whatever is in the dark will come to the light and it just did, and there's more in the dark to come to the light - God will see to that," Millington resident Martha Haynes said.

"I don't know if there's anything to get anybody in trouble," resident Russell Neighbors added. "I'm keeping an open mind. I have an open mind about it."

Hodges said he has hired an attorney, and wants to talk about why he may be the focus of an investigation. But he reserved comment on specifics, only saying he has no plans to step down.

"Why should I step down? I haven't been charged with anything," he said. "Haven't been proven guilty."

Meanwhile, the only thing investigators have said is the raid was the result of an official misconduct complaint. The case is expected to go to a grand jury and criminal charges are possible.

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