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Budget Committee Hears Request for an Official Vehicle

The Henderson County Commission Budget Committee debated how a vehicle should be supplied to County Mayor Robbie McCready.
Photo by: Steve Corlew / Lexington Progress

Article by Steve Corlew-

A State Comptroller’s Audit finding has prompted the Henderson County Mayor to request an official vehicle from the Henderson County Commission.

Meeting Thursday, December 1, 2022, the commission’s budget committee heard a report from Mayor Robbie McCready that the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office cited the Henderson County Sheriff for providing a vehicle to Mayor McCready for official county use. The sheriff also provided McCready with a department gas card. Both were provided prior to McCready being sworn in. McCready said the car showed up in his driveway one morning.

According to the Comptroller’s audit finding, Sheriff Brian Duke provided the vehicle in August, prior to McCready’s swearing in on September 1st.

Sheriff Duke called it a politically charged issue and that as far as he could tell, the 2015 Jeep Cherokee had not been driving prior to September 1st.

In response to the audit finding, Duke said that at no time was the vehicle or fuel card intended for personal use. On October 22, 2018, the County Commission gave the sheriff authority to transfer surplus vehicles to other departments within the county. Duke pointed out that vehicles were transferred to the property assessor’s office, fire department, the highway department, and the school district over the last few years.

“Technically the commission has to…

For complete coverage, see the December 7th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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  1. ricky gooch on December 10, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    One,i don,t care about the sheriff giving a second hand used vehicle to the Mayor,but i do dis agree to a free gas card,which we all know he would use on his own vehicles the money he is being paid as Mayor,i feel he can afford his own vehicle,which i,m sure he has,and his own gas,it,s bad enough that tax payers are paying for the county patrol cars inwhich officers go where they please in them as well does the city,thats why i do not feel they should drive them home but park them and drive their own vehicle,Mayor be honest and drive your own vehicle to what you call work,plus pay for your own gas,after all your being paid enough as Mayor,

  2. ricky gooch on December 10, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    By the way i do not get a free gas card to use for my work,I have to buy my own and so does alot of factory workers,Plus the commissioners does not get a free vehicle or gas card,nor did any other past Mayor,So i do not feel you should be given one,Bad enogh we have to pay for our own gas and service to our vehicles,we do not get a hand out,and you are paid as Mayor well enogh to pay your own gas and buy your own vehicle.Get real and be HONEST,

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