Board moves against Greenbrier mayor in charity theft case

Board moves against Greenbrier mayor in charity theft case

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GREENBRIER (AP) - The mayor accused of stealing from the Toys for Tots charity he founded could be stripped of his powers.

Greenbrier Superintendent Tommy Maitland said the board of mayor and alderman cannot force Mayor Billy Wilson to resign, but on Monday night the panel took the first of two votes that would turn Wilson's duties over to the vice mayor.

Maitland said the vote was 6-0 in favor. The second vote takes place in January.

The panel also voted 5-1 to put Wilson on administrative leave from his volunteer position as chief of the local fire department.

Maitland said City Hall was packed with residents for the vote.

Wilson is accused of stealing $60,000 from GreenRidge Toys for Tots, serving Greenbrier and Ridgetop. A settlement date is Jan. 24.

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