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Former Monterey Police Chief Surrenders To Authorities

Former Monterey Police Chief Surrenders To Authorities

By Phil Williams. CREATED Jul 9, 2013

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Former Monterey Police Chief Kevin Phillips surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon following his indictment by the Putnam County Grand Jury.

Phillips, 44, was booked at the Putnam County Jail on one count of official misconduct. The Class E felony carries a potential penalty of one-to-six years in prison.

He was quickly released on a $1,000 bond.

Phillips is accused of ordering a U.S. Army surplus bulldozer last summer and then using town drug funds to have it delivered to a piece of land that he was clearing for his personal use.

The misuse of government equipment was first exposed as part of NewsChannel 5's two-year "Policing for Profit" investigation.

District Attorney General Randy York asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to open a case, resulting in the former police chief's indictment.

Phillips resigned in March when the current Monterey mayor initiated proceedings that could have resulted in his termination.

His resignation letter, delivered to the town offices, made no mention of the scandal that ended his tenure as police chief.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the town of Monterey and its wonderful citizens for the past three years, as this has been my hometown my whole life and will continue to be," Phillips wrote.

He was appointed to lead the eight-person police department three years ago after another scandal involving the prior chief.

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