Billy Wilson serves as Greenbrier's mayor and fire chief.
GREENBRIER, Tenn. -
In front of a crowd of supporters for the embattled mayor of Greenbrier, the Board of Aldermen voted on a first reading to strip Mayor Wilson of his power as mayor and to place him on leave from his position as fire chief.
Greenbrier Mayor Billy Wilson is charged with using for personal gain an estimated $60,000 dollars in funds from a Toys for Tots program that he has run for years in the Robertson County town.
"We just have not had to deal with such a thing around here before," said one member of the Board who did not to be identified.
"We will take whatever steps necessary to protect the city," Greenbrier city attorney Bill Vernich added.
Several residents spoke to the board in support of Mayor Wilson during Monday night's meeting, one saying, "You are basically conducting a trial with no evidence."
The two resolutions could be voted on for final approval at the next public meeting on January 6.
Wilson, who has been Greenbrier mayor since 2004, waived off a request to hear his side of the story earlier Monday.
While sitting in his city-owned fire chief's car that will be taken away if the resolution passes, Wilson told News 2, "Go away! You know I can't talk about it."
Extra police officers were on hand to provide additional security for the larger-than-normal crowd.