Interim chief of Nolensville PD accused of falsifying documents - WKRN News 2

Interim chief of Nolensville police accused of falsifying documents


Controversy continues to surround a small Williamson County police department.

Earlier this year, city leaders fired long-time Nolensville Police Chief Paul Rigsby. Following his dismissal, David Hazlett was appointed interim chief of the agency comprised of seven officers.

Prior to coming to Nolensville, Hazlett worked for Berry Hill police for 10 years, achieving the rank of corporal.

In October of 2009, Hazlett resigned and, when doing so, he signed a statement that said he acknowledged that he falsified his time sheets.

The document states: "I, David Hazlett, acknowledge that I falsified my time sheets on six different dates."

The statement also indicates that he claimed to have worked eight-hour shifts when he only worked four hours or less.

It reads that on Tuesday July 28, 2009, August 23, 2009, August 31, 2009, September 10, 2009 September 17, 2009 and September 27, 2009, Corporal Hazlett started his shift at 22:45 hours and left work at 02:45 hours, and submitted time sheet for eight hours. He was paid for four hours he did not work.

When asked what he thinks about it, Hazlett replied, "I don't recall signing this."

When asked why he signed it, Hazlett replied, " I don't know. Duress. When you rush into something, you either resign or you will be terminated. Termination would hurt my post certification."

The statement was signed on October 7, 2009, and Hazlett now contends that at least three of these allegations are untrue and he found the paperwork to prove it weeks after he resigned.

"Out of these six days, there were three days that were corrected, found weeks later," he explained.

Sources inside the Berry Hill Police Department said they stand behind the internal investigation and there is nothing in the file to indicate that any of the dates are in question.

Hazlett said, "There are other things I don't want to address at this time without my attorney present."

When pressed for a comment by Nashville's News 2 Investigates, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander said, "All I would say is David is our interim chief and we will investigate what you brought to us."

Rutherford County Sheriff's Investigators confirmed to Nashville's News 2 that Berry Hill uniforms were recovered at Hazlett's home during an eviction, but should have been returned to the department.

However, Hazlett disputes this report.

"No sir. No sir. That is unfounded," he stated.

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