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Pikeville Mayor Charged With Misconduct, Felony Theft

Greg Johnson, who is in his third term as mayor of Pikeville, is free on $10,000 bond after being arrested Wednesday on charges of official misconduct and felony theft in the wake of a months-long investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Office.
Further from the Chattanooga TFP:
Officials at Pikeville City Hall said Johnson had not come into the office on Thursday. City Hall staff also said he has not submitted any correspondence regarding his plans as mayor.
Johnson, 50, was first elected to the Pikeville Board of Aldermen at age 19.
Mike Taylor, district attorney in the 12th Judicial District, said Thursday that Johnson is charged with four counts of official misconduct and one count of theft in excess of $60,000 on grand jury indictments issued Monday.
Among the accusations is that Johnson spent more than $100,000 on used cars never put in the city fleet, cashed a check for $16,000 for his own use and took a monthly stipend from the city to pay for health insurance when he already had health insurance elsewhere.
The investigation, which covered the period between July 2010 and February 2012, arose from complaints made to the prosecutor’s office around the first of the year, Taylor said.
“Back in the late winter, I started receiving complaints initially about the purchase of some used vehicles that had been stored at [a] building at the industrial park there in Pikeville,” Taylor said.
Soon after, other complaints were made that the mayor “was using public monies for his own use,” Taylor said, so the district attorney contracted the state Comptroller of the Treasury Office.
Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Investigator Ricky Seals said Wednesday that Johnson surrendered at the jail after having his attorney contact local authorities.
Johnson could not be reached for comment, and messages could not be left on his home phone.
Johnson’s legal counsel, Dunlap, Tenn., lawyer Steve Greer, said Thursday he couldn’t comment until he sees the formal indictment and that his comments would be limited even then.
He did say, though, that Johnson probably will keep his mayor’s post for now.

Former Rep. Swafford Loses Bid for Pikeville Mayor

Former state representative Eric Swafford, in an effort to revive his political career after last year’s re-election defeat, failed in his attempt to be elected as mayor of the city of Pikeville, reports the Crossville Chronicle.
Incumbent two-term Mayor Greg Johnson received 311 votes followed by Swafford, who had 94, and perennial candidate Randy A. Sharp received 81 votes.
Swafford served Bledsoe and Cumberland counties in the Tennessee General Assembly, representing the 25th Legislative District, until last fall when present State Rep. Cameron Sexton defeated him handily. Voters were unhappy with the way changes were made in the Cumberland County Election Commission office and credited Swafford with the resulting chaos
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