Alderman asks for Oakland mayor to resign after state audit - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Alderman asks for Oakland mayor to resign after state audit

(WMC-TV) - At least one Oakland alderman says Mayor Scott Ferguson should resign after findings of a state audit. 

"The mayor has violated town policy on personal use of the city vehicle," says alderman John Evans.

In an audit released August 2, Tennessee state officials found Ferguson's personal use of his government issued SUV violated town policy. The audit also found Ferguson did not report using his SUV to the IRS as a fringe benefit.

The audit also details Ferguson failed to properly mark the city SUV while in use.

"No one that I know of has an employer who pays for their commute to a second job but yet that's what we have here," Evans said.

The audit comes after Aldermen Evans and his colleague Maggie Powers filed an official complaint in February. The two sent pictures to state auditors showing Mayor Scott Ferguson in the town's SUV at his second job as a preacher in Obion, Tennessee.

"This is a time when elected officials, no matter who're you're serving, have to be held accountable," Evans said.

Mayor Ferguson wasn't available for an on camera interview, but  he told Action News 5 his tax returns are being amended to include mileage to and from his second job. 

Ferguson said he no longer drives a city vehicle to and from his church job.

Ferguson did send a statement that said, in part, "The longstanding practice of the town has been to allow their Mayor to use their official vehicle for all their transportation needs while in office.  I have personally made sure that I am now in compliance with accepted accounting practices.  We were alerted of a problem, we researched the facts, we responded, and made corrections to insure the town of Oakland is operating properly." 

To read the entire audit for yourself, click here.

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