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I-Team: Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announces resignation

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Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley signs resignation letter. Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley signs resignation letter.
BRUSLY, LA (WAFB) -

Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley is resigning effective April 25, 2014.

"It's the best thing for the town, me stepping down," Whaley said. "Brusly doesn't need to be in the news every day with bad publicity."

Whaley made the decision after a West Baton Rouge grand jury indicted him last week on charges of malfeasance in office and theft over $500. Both charges are felonies.

In his resignation letter to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Whaley wrote:

"Effective April 25, 2014, I, Jamie J. Whaley, do hereby tender my resignation as Chief of Police for the Town of Brusly."  

Whaley turned himself in to police on January 23 after a joint investigation by the FBI and Louisiana Inspector General revealed he allegedly had been using his department issued gas card for personal use. 

According to the IG's investigation, Whaley filled up his personal vehicle and boat on 29 separate occasions between Jan. 2, 2013 and Jan. 3, 2014. The purchases totaled $1,122.75. When investigators questioned Whaley, he admitted it and the following day, he issued a check from his personal account to cover the amount.

The position of Brusly police chief is an elected one. An interim chief has not been named yet and has to be appointed by the Brusly Town Council.

Whaley was elected police chief in 2012. His term ends Dec. 31, 2016.

An arraignment for Whaley is scheduled for May 6.

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