Nettleton police chief disputes claims

By Emily Le Coz

NETTLETON – The day after city leaders accused him of overpaying his police officer son, Police Chief Ricky Burroughs said he has done nothing wrong.
Burroughs, who has led the Nettleton Police Department for about one year, told the Daily Journal he has documents to prove his son worked the hours he was paid.
His son is Rusty Burroughs, a part-time police officer in the department who was hired by the previous chief.
“The actual hours Rusty has worked far exceed the hours he has been paid,” Burroughs said Tuesday. “I have official records from E-911 that verify the total hours Rusty has worked and confirm no (extra) hours have been given to him.”
On Monday, Mayor R.V. Adams and the Board of Alderman had ordered Burroughs to reimburse the city $1,133.96 that they claimed was wrongly paid to his son. It added up to 168 hours.
They reported the alleged overpayment after discovering what they believed were discrepancies on timecards, said City Clerk Dana Burcham.
Their decision came after two hours in a closed-door meeting. Additional motions to fire the chief and his son had failed, Burcham said.
Adams was at a conference Tuesday in Jackson and couldn’t be reached for comment.
But Burcham said the board and mayor will hold another meeting on the matter Saturday. A time hadn’t yet been set.
Burroughs said he knows nothing about it.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com