City Requests Utilities Board Investigation
Andalusia police and city officials are conducting an investigation related to the city's utility board at the request of the mayor...
Andalusia Mayor, Earl Johnson, says he received allegations about employee misconduct from some of the utility board's employees, but it's an investigation that's being kept tight-lipped.
Johnson, who is Chairman of the Andalusia Utilities Board, says he received information about the conduct of several of the Board's employees.
While he is not releasing specifics of what type of misconduct, sources tell Alabama News Network it's related to excess spending from the Board's Sewer and Water Department employees.
The investigation is being lead by the Andalusia Police Department.
"And in connection with this investigation we executed a search warrant yesterday in the Red Level community and a large quantity of items were seized as evidence in connection with our investigation," Said Andalusia police chief, Wilbur Williams, who would not release what those items were, saying it could jeopardize the investigation. He says the investigation spans at least a 3 year period.
No arrests have been made so far, but Mayor Johnson says they could come in the next few days. How many people involved is still a mystery, but he says the allegations are discouraging.
"There are mechanisms in place and safeguards in place to guard certain conduct, but sometimes those systems fail. And this investigation will determine if that happened in this case. We don't know yet," Said Johnson.
One thing the Johnson made clear is there's nothing about this investigation that has anything to do with impacting people's health and welfare.
Alabama News Network contacted the Utilities Board, however they referred all questions to the Mayor's Office. We'll keep you updated on the latest information as it becomes available.