Aberdeen Electric Dept. investigation continues

By Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – An investigation into the Aberdeen Electric Department is moving forward, according to Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle.
“This investigation is ongoing,” Randle said. “We have had some new developments and arrests will be made. However, this investigation is going to be very thorough as we do not want to just jump to conclusions and make the wrong arrests.”
The investigation stems from an electric department meter that was allegedly taken from the city warehouse and turned over to a state investigator through a third party during a meeting that included Aberdeen Mayor Jim Ballard. The meter in question was allegedly taken from the home of former electric department employee Charles Hale. Hale was recently terminated by the board of aldermen for allegedly stealing city services (electricity).
“Some arrests are definitely going to come out of this,” Randle said. “It is starting to look like there are going to be some obstruction of justice charges and some conspiracy charges as well. We should be making our move later in the week.”
The Aberdeen Electric Department has been the center of controversy for several months as allegations of favoritism, racism and unpaid power bills continue to circulate around the city.
“We are taking everything into consideration in this investigation,” Randle said. “We are looking at everyone from the department manager to the lowest person in the department.”