City employee caught on tape calling Mayor derogatory term - WKRN News 2

City employee caught on tape calling Mayor derogatory term

Posted: Updated: March 26, 2013 07:31 PM CDT

In an audio recording from a Gallatin police officer's tape recorder, a city official was heard using a derogatory expletive in reference to the mayor.

Gallatin's City Codes and Planning Director, Tony Allers had some strong words for Mayor Jo Ann Graves.

The recording was captured as officers delivered paperwork to Allers' home alerting him he was being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Among the paperwork was a letter from Mayor Graves.

"It is my conclusion that this administrative leave is in the best interests of the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Gallatin, Tennessee," part of the letter read.

Vice Mayor John D. Alexander, Sr. said that he was surprised by the recordings, however felt Allers was a great asset to the city.

"He does great work. I support him 100 percent and I would never vote to get rid of him. He's just that good and I believe in him," he said.

Alexander only speculated about why Allers was under investigation.

"I guess because Mr. Allers was sick for so long and there was a problem running the department without him being there," he thought.

During a Gallatin City Council meeting on March 26, Allers elected to retire from city service.

His retirement is effective April 3.

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