Grand jury indicts former Killian police chief on malfeasance charge
KILLIAN - Former Killian Chief of Police Dennis Hill was indicted by a Livingston Parish grand jury Thursday following allegations of wrongdoing during his tenure at the department.
According to a release, Hill was indicted for one count of malfeasance in office. The accusations stem from conduct that was outlined in a WBRZ report in 2017. A legislative audit says Hill billed the town of Killian for hours he claimed to have worked overtime when he was actually out of the state, among other issues.
The first problem appeared in 2017, when it came to light that Hill had used a town gas card improperly. The chief repaid the town and Mayor Craig McGehee didn't pursue it further.
Next, McGehee said the chief used a town credit card for an unauthorized expense. In January, while McGehee was in the process of formally reprimanding the chief for that, a person called the town hall to pay a ticket. Clerks couldn't find the ticket.
Further investigation showed additional tickets were missing. The board discussed it with the chief at a May 2017 meeting. McGehee says Hill did not give them a good answer as to why those tickets were missing.
The audit also found that there were approximately 76 traffic tickets which had been issued by the Killian Police Department which were logged in at the department and turned over to the chief. However, the tickets were not turned over to the clerk for proper processing.