Mayor used about $7,000 in taxpayer money to retrieve new car, audit says

Two New Johnsonville, Tenn., employees traveled 500 miles and used more than $7,000 in taxpayer money to run a personal errand for Mayor Lance Loveless, according to a new audit.

But things went terribly wrong during the trip, and, according to Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson’s audit, the mayor hid certain details from the City Council.

The reported errand involved the public works director and another city employee going to South Carolina to pick up a new vehicle for Loveless’ personal use.

With that much time and effort, did the vehicle at least have Bluetooth, or power windows?

Loveless did not immediately return Tennessee Watchdog’s messages for comment Friday, nor did Public Works Director Charles Kent.

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