Brusly Police Chief speaks out after arrest for stealing gas

BRUSLY, LA (WAFB) - Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley was arrested January 23rd and charged with theft and malfeasance in office. He's accused of putting gas in his personal car and boat with city issued fuel cards.

Whaley is accused of using a department credit card to pay for his gas used in his personal vehicle and boat. They claim he did this on 29 separate occasions between Jan. 2, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014. The purchases total $1,122.75.

Since his arrest Whaley has bonded out and resumed his duties of Brusly Police Chief. On Thursday for the first time Whaley sat down and talked about his situation.

I asked him how to explain his arrest. "I used a town fuel card, it's not a credit card that you can go out and buy whatever, to put fuel in my vehicle," said Whaley.

Whaley says he paid back $1,122.75 after he was visited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state Inspector General's office.

"I'm sorry for any embarrassment that this situation has caused the residents of the community. I'm at work we have a great police force. We're not going to change the way we operate were going to continue to protect the people of Brusly," says Whaley.

Whaley says he has not been pressured to resign his elected position he's held since 2005. In fact he says he's encouraged by the response of the people of Brusly and his officers.

"Before I was arrested I called them all in I told them what was going on. My guys are 100 percent behind me, a lot of words of encouragement. They are all proud to be Brusly police officers still. I asked them to continue doing their job like they always have and hold their heads up," said Whaley.

His arraignment on the charges is set for April.

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