Police chief, two officers lose job over missing money - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police chief, two officers lose job over missing money

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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) -

Several sources confirm Millington Police Chief Frank Tennant resigned and two other officers will be let go, after thousands of dollars disappeared from the property room last week.

The sources said the Board of Alderman held a closed-door executive session with their attorney Monday night and voted to fire the three men, but then the chief resigned Tuesday morning.

As Chief Tennant cleared his office, he said he did nothing wrong. "The boat sprung a leak," he added. "The captain always goes down with the ship."

The whistleblower told WMC Action News 5 that $19,126 was placed in the property room, after officers found the money in a house where a person died.

The whistleblower said when the brother of the deceased showed up to claim the money, only $7,000 remained.

As the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looks into the matter, the City of Millington is examining police practices.

"That looks bad on Millington," Rebecca Moses said. "The cops, the citizens. That makes our whole city look bad."

It appears that Millington residents will foot the bill for the missing money.

The City of Millington released a statement on the matter:

While the TBI conducts their investigation, the City of Millington has begun a thorough examination of the practices of Millington’s Police Department. “I have the greatest respect for those who serve in law enforcement. It is a tough job,” said Ed Haley, Millington’s City Manager. “I am grateful for those who have served this community, but make no mistake, no one is immune. Where problems are found, the City of Millington will take swift and decisive action to correct.” Today Millington’s Police Chief resigned. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be asked to replace the Chief at a special called meeting of the Board on Thursday, September 3 at 6:00 PM in accordance with the City’s charter. One veteran member of the Millington Police Department was terminated today for dereliction of duties. Others may follow. Today’s actions are the result of an examination of one area of the department. Each area of the department is being examined. If other short comings are found, they will be dealt with accordingly. As the TBI investigation of missing funds from the evidence room at the Millington Police Department continues, more changes within the department are expected. On August 20, 2015, money was discovered missing from the evidence room at the Millington Police Department. The City contacted all appropriate authorities, is fully cooperating and a TBI investigation is underway. Because this is an ongoing investigation, the City of Millington has no comment except that a check in the full amount due was hand delivered to the family of Jimmy Wayne Smith on August 31, 2015. There will be no further comment on this matter by the City at this time.

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