UPDATE: Aberdeen Building Inspector suspended indefinitely

The Aberdeen Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night to suspend building inspector Terry Lenoir without pay for an indefinite period of time. The vote was 4-1 with Ward 1 Alderman Alonzo Sykes voting against suspending Lenoir after the board met in executive session on the matter.

Lenoir was arrested last Tuesday as part of an investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Lenoir was charged with offering and accepting a bribe.

“On Monday, November 23, we were contacted in reference to a contractor that was in a dispute with the City of Aberdeen Building Inspector over a construction project that he was doing in the City of Aberdeen,” MCSD Chief Deputy Brent Swan said. “The contractor admitted that there was a problem and was trying to take steps to correct the problem. The contractor felt that the City of Aberdeen Building Inspector was going to offer him a solution to the problem that was not legal. The contractor met with investigators and Monroe County Investigators developed enough evidence to charge, Terry Wayne Lenoir, with bribery.

According to the affidavit that was filed with the Monroe County Justice Court, “Terry Wayne Lenoir did willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously accept one thousand dollars as an offer or promise to influence his opinion, action, or judgment on a pending construction code matter within the City of Aberdeen.” It also states that

Lenoir was on duty as the Building Inspector with the City of Aberdeen when he accepted the one thousand dollars according to Swan.

According to law enforcement officials, more contractors are expected to come forward with accusations against Lenoir.

Monroe Journal