'We were set up for failure:' White Castle PD runs out of money, administrators say former chief is to blame
WHITE CASTLE- With four months left in the fiscal year, the White Castle Police Department has run out of money and officials are blaming former administration for the over spending.
According to a letter sent by White Castle Mayor John Morris, the town's fiscal year started on Oct. 1 and there is no money for the police department to continue operating.
Police Chief Harold Brooks is in a stressful situation. His officers are at risk of losing their jobs.
"Some of these guys came from another job to come and work for me and that's a problem for me to tell them you no longer have a job," Brooks said.
Brooks took office as police chief in January, three months after the fiscal year started. His predecessor, Mario Brown, was in office for 16 years.
According to December's budget statement, several items were already overspent. Assistant Chief Louis Hamilton says they were set up.
"So the approximate time that Chief Brooks and I were sworn in, we were already over-budgeted," Hamilton said. "Numbers don't lie. We were set up for failure. We were either under budget, or he was allowed to sabotage the budget knowing he'd lost the election," Hamilton said.
As of December, 126% overtime had already been spent of the total budget. The town of White Castle budgeted $4,000 for vehicle maintenance. As of May 1, they've spent $26,300.
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