Buying Guns With City Money Deemed a Firing Offense

Rockwood Mayor James Watts says he’s recommending that City Council on Monday fire Tom Pierce, the city’s longtime public works director, reports the News Sentinel.
An investigation of records shows that Pierce in 2010 used the city’s credit card to buy 13 weapons — including an assault rifle — at a cost of “somewhere around $6,000,” Watts said.
…Pierce at first told officials he needed the weapons “for personal protection in working with animal control,” Watts said.
“When we got into it, and there were that many weapons involved, it changed the course of what we were looking at,” the mayor said.
The city also is looking into Pierce’s purchases of clothing with the city credit card, Watts said,

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