Mayor Ed Hagerty called for action in the sexting allegations against City employees in the Monday commissioners meeting.
“The reports are appalling and disgusting,” said Hagerty.
Two City employees have been suspended with pay, and three others were reprimanded for exchanging sexually explicit messages and pictures over City issued phones and computers. The two suspended were MJPD Sgt. James Crosslin and his wife Charlene Crosslin, who works in the finance department.
“It is unfortunate that we have to talk about these things,” said Interim City Manager Kenny Martin.
Hagerty said he was going to add an amendment to the budget that would defund and eliminate several positions, and also add $5,000 to the budget to pay for an independent investigator for an impartial investigation if proper action wasn’t taken. Three detectives are assisting Human Resources Director Jill Johnson in the investigation.
“There is no doubt in my mind that it was impartial,” said Martin.
The investigation was to be concluded sometime this week.
In the business portion of the meeting, the yearly budget was deferred until the next meeting. The commissioners received their budget books Friday, and all felt that they hadn’t got to go through it thoroughly enough to start discussing. The commission will have a workshop before the next meeting to go over the budget.
The commissioners also approved an interlocal agreement with Metro-Nashville Government, Davidson County and NES to gain access to their 800 MHz radio system. It will allow the new communication system purchased by the MJPD to work properly.
The commissioners also approved appropriating funds to repair damaged slides on Planet Playground at Charlie Daniels Park. The slides were damaged by people “free running” on the playground equipment.
U.S. Bank donated $2,500 to the Parks and Recreation Department for the Movies in the Park during the summer. The board approved accepting the donation.