Brusly mayor, council in disbelief over chief resignation
BRUSLY - The mayor and city council went behind closed doors Monday night at the request of Asst. District Attorney Tony Clayton, to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct.
The executive session lasted for about 45 min.
Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announced plans to resign from his position Monday, after admitting to WBRZ News 2 that he used more than a $1,000 in town funds to fuel up his personal vehicle and boat.
Right now, the city does not have a plan to fill Chief Whaley's seat.
"This caught us all off guard, you know," said Mayor Joey Normand. "We have an elected chief of police and he doesn't work for the mayor or the council. He works for himself."
The council has 20 days to appoint somebody to the position, if they choose to do so. If they do not, Governor Bobby Jindal will appoint someone for them.
Whaley returned the money and apologized for his actions. He faces indictments for theft and malfeasance and was arrested earlier this year on the same charges. Investigators said he charged $1,120 to his town fuel card.
Whaley has also been working as a part-time patrol officer for Plaquemine Police. He said Monday he did not currently have plans to leave that position.