Fourth District Commissioner Howard Thompson, who chairs the Law Enforcement Committee, issued a statement to fellow commissioners prior to stepping down from his post as chairman and as a member altogether on the committee.
Thompson’s statement reads:
“You know, I am the subject of a criminal investigation by our local law enforcement. Because of the work and commitment which I have made to many of the issues that we will face in the next few weeks ... I have decided that the appearance of serving on the law enforcement committee, as chairman of the law enforcement committee, may be inappropriate to my people. Those that serve in law enforcement know that I have been a strong supporter of law enforcement and I will continue to do so.”
Thompson said he plans to continue to serve as the 4th District commissioner.
“I pledge to you that, to my knowledge, no one has accused me of any wrongdoing in my capacity as a commissioner from the 4th Civil District and that I will take additional steps when and if they (become) the thing to do,” he said.
On Dec. 22, 2010, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office detectives executed a search warrant at Thompson’s home and business, a flea market located at 5577 Waterlevel Highway.
According to 10th Judicial Assistant District Attorney Stephen Hatchett, the investigation into the allegations began in early December when the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force conducted a routine traffic stop on a man who was suspected of possessing narcotics.
During the traffic stop, the man reportedly advised DTF agents he was in possession of stolen merchandise that he intended to sell to Thompson.
Charges have yet to be filed against the commissioner.
During the execution of the search warrant, detectives reportedly confiscated several items of merchandise relating to the investigation.
On Monday, Hatchett said the investigation into the allegations is continuing.
Thompson is currently being represented by Cleveland attorney Jim Logan.