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Shelby Co. Commissioner Roland says he blew whistle on Millington misconduct

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland claimed to be the whistle blower in a misconduct case involving Millington's mayor.

Millington City Hall was among the places raided last week by the TBI.  Friday, it was revealed the case may involve illegal gambling and a debt Millington Mayor Richard Hodges could not pay.

Friday, Roland claimed credit for blowing the whistle on the possible criminal misconduct involving Hodges.  He said he contacted police and the sheriff's office about a year ago.

"And I guess they contacted the TBI," said Roland.

The TBI and others raided city hall, the mayor's office and a transmission shop last week.  Newly released court records allege illegal gambling took place at the transmission shop.  Roland claimed he never participated, despite information provided by the TBI.

"Actually sitting and taking part in card games, I did none of that," said Roland.

Court documents allege Hodges used city resources, including a police badge, to try and settle more than $10,000 of his gambling debts with the owner of the transmission shop.

Roland said he believed the authorities needed to know about the misconduct.

"Did I like doing this?  No," said Roland.  "This is one of the hardest things I've ever done.  I love Millington."

Roland's wife is Hodges' secretary.  He was instrumental in helping get Hodges elect.

At a prayer vigil outside city hall Friday, Roland said he is also praying for Hodges, whose wife committed suicide the day before the raid.

"I consider him my friend," said Roland.

No charges have been filed in this case.

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