Cattle prods and a bull whip part of former chief's bizarre arsenal
BRUSLY - Town leaders plan to hold an auction to recoup some of the money used on questionable items purchased by the former police chief.
In addition to dozens of guns current police chief Richie Johnson calls unnecessary, the town is getting rid of cattle prods, a bull whip, cooking pots, television sets and even a new suit purchased with taxpayer money by former chief Jamie Whaley.
"You trust your police chief, whom you elected, to do the right thing," Brusly resident Rosa Stelly said. "You sit back and lead your own lives. You hope everything goes well until this comes out."
Stelly is frustrated with what the former chief is accused of buying for no apparent reason. All of it will be sold at an auction on November 1st.
"All this was at [Whaley's] house and this is all the town's people's money," she said.
The other items on the list include several computer tablets and cell phones that only Whaley was able to use, according to current officers.
Whaley is also accused of buying a deer hunting camera, two bicycles and an onion slicer.
"To believe that a police chief needs a bull whip and two cattle prods takes an imagination," Mayor Joey Normand said.
Since Whaley was an elected police chief, the mayor and council had no authority over what the former chief bought with police department money.
Whaley resigned this year after admitting to WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto that he charged more than $1,000 worth of fuel for his personal truck and boat to a city credit card. A judge sentenced Whaley to 18 months probation in that case.
But, Whaley faces other charges and pleaded not guilty to theft, malfeasance and two forgery in August.