Thursday, November 17, 2005

The commish

Brand-new Mobile County Commissioner Juan Chastang said Wednesday that he's sorry he didn't tell Gov. Bob Riley that the county's personnel board "suspended him from his job as a Mobile police officer after determining that he tried to bribe another officer" more than a decade ago.

Chastang, appointed by Riley to fill a commission seat vacated when Sam Jones became Mobile's mayor, denied the bribery allegation, saying "he relayed the offer in jest" and that "[t]here was no bribe on [his] part, only on the part of the criminal," the Mobile Register reports today.

Chastang also assured that he has lived in a 500-square-foot apartment in the district he represents since June, despite the fact that he had claimed a homestead exemption on a 2,400-square- foot house in another district. He said Tuesday that the house was an investment; the next day, he said it had been a residence, too.


Anonymous Del said...

The Register ran pictures of the "investment" house and the "current residence" side-by-side. It was hilarious. Below that they had a close-up shot of the padlock on the front door of the place he's supposedly living in.

I guess it was chivalrous of Mr. Riley to want to give District 1 an African-American Republican--what a shame that they had to go all the way to District 3 to find one & that it looks like the guy's a liar to boot.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

I deleted a previous comment because it contained an accusation without a stated source to back it up. We try not to deal in rumors around here.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Del said...

Well dang. I've been trying to get somebody at the paper to investigate that rumor, just in case it's true. (I'm willing to believe anything I read.)

Chastang is all sworn in now, ready to lead Mobile County down the conservative path. I'm thinking this means "more concrete." Pro-business concrete.

7:30 PM  

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