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Greenbrier Mayor Returns To Work After Arrest

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by Marcus Washington

GREENBRIER, Tenn. - Two days after being arrested for theft, Greenbrier's mayor is back on the job.

Mayor Billy Wilson was arrested at City Hall on Monday for allegedly stealing $60,000 from the GreenRidge Toys for Tots organization.

For the first time since his arrest by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Mayor Wilson returned to work, although he didn't stay very long.

"When he came in, the requisitions were to be signed; I think some checks and such stuff as that. He took care of his business and then he left," said city superintendent Tommy Maitland.

He said he first learned of the allegations of theft and mismanagement of funds three weeks ago when TBI agents came to interview the mayor at city hall.

Maitland said, the city of Greenbrier is not affiliated with the GreenRidge Toy for Tots program saying, "It's (Wilson's) private 5013(c), I think, non-profit organization and he handled that. We didn't have anything to do with it."

Maitland said the mayor will continue to hold his elected position and there has not been any discussion of asking the mayor to step down.

"There is nothing within our charter that can address this. It would be, the way I understand it, a judge's order if this carries on," said Maitland.

If Wilson decided to resign on his own, "under the vice-mayor, she would become the mayor and the department heads and myself would work together and the city would carry on as always," said Maitland.

The news of the mayor's arrest spread around this small community fast, taking everyone by surprise.

"I don't know for sure if there is any truth to it or not, just a matter of waiting to see how it plays out. It is, just hard to believe," said Greenbrier resident James Raymer.

He said most folks living in Greenbrier said they are just hoping it's all a big mistake.

"I'm hoping it's an accounting error or something like that; poor record keeping, but then again someone is accountable for that," said Raymer.

Maitland said the comptroller of the treasury is looking into all city accounts and will report any discrepancies if found.

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