MASON, TN (WMC) - The town of Mason, TN is facing challenges as a former city official was recently charged with theft and Mason Police Department squad cars sit idle.
"I think he is crazy. I mean how could he think he could get away with doing something like that?" Mason resident Brenda Strickland said about Mason's former public works superintendent, who is accused of taking more than $600,000 in unauthorized compensation in overtime, vacation time, sick leave, and holiday pay beginning in 2007.
A Tipton County Grand Jury indicted Christopher Trimble on Monday on one count of theft over $60,000.
"People gotta stop chasing the dollar, you know, and look out for people," Mason resident Simon Wilkerson, Jr. said,
Sources told WMC Action News 5's Janice Broach that Mason Police Department has also been disbanded.
Mason Mayor Gwendolyn Kilpatrick asked for help securing the Town of Mason immediately in a letter written to the Tipton County sheriff.
There were four officers, but on Thursday night, their patrol cars were locked and out of service.
District Attorney Mike Dunavant could only say there were "unusual and irregular circumstances in the Mason Police Department."
Mayor Kilpatrick has other problems, too.
She was arrested in 2014 and charged with assault on a police officer. It stemmed from officers trying to serve a warrant on Kilpatrick's son. The case has not been disposed of. She also has an aggravated assault charge from 2004 and a domestic assault charge from 2005.
"It's disheartening. it's real disheartening," Dunavant said.