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State: Former Monterey Police Chief Had Bulldozer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state comptroller's office said the former police chief of Monterey kept a city-owned bulldozer on his property. The report also said the chief and the town's former mayor signed a back-dated lease agreement for the machine after citizens questioned why it was there.

The report from the special investigations unit was made public by the comptroller's office Wednesday and also stated investigators also found that town officials improperly used a vehicle seized by law enforcement and kept an abandoned vehicle they were required by law to sell at public auction.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates first reported on the story in July 2012. A Putnam County grand jury later declined to indict Chief Kevin Phillips. He resigned in order to avoid a vote on whether he should be fired.

The office of the city's attorney, Michael O'Mara, said he was in deposition Wednesday and was not available for comment.

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