Former Brusly chief pleads not guilty to second set of accusations

Former Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations of malfeasance in office, forgery and theft.

The new counts stem from Whaley’s second arrest. He had already resigned from office and been sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation on earlier charges of theft and malfeasance in office for using a town-issued credit card to purchase gasoline for his personal truck and boat.

Whaley, 37, would not comment Tuesday after his appearance in the 18th Judicial District Court, but his attorney, John DiGiulio, said Brusly’s former police chief was in high spirts.

“He’s a fighter,” DiGiulio told reporters outside the courtroom Tuesday morning. “All of this seems a little like piling on. He has already accepted responsibility for what he did and now they’re coming up with all these new charges.”

The new investigation alleged Whaley misappropriated seven firearms owned by the town.

According to an affidavit, Whaley gave the guns to a licensed firearms dealer who sold five of them and transferred ownership of the other two guns to Whaley’s friends.

The town was never compensated for the firearms, the affidavit says.

Whaley also is facing a theft count and two counts of forgery on two checks drawn on the Brusly Auxiliary Police Department’s checking account.

The account required the signatures of both Whaley and another person not identified in the affidavit.

The affidavit says Whaley signed his name and forged the name of the other person on both checks.

When asked by investigators if he had signed both signatures on the checks — written to cash for $600 — Whaley replied, “I could have,” the affidavit states.

When Whaley resigned after his first arrest, he was in the middle of his third term as elected police chief. The special election to fill the remainder of his term is scheduled Nov. 4. The position pays a salary of $37,400 a year.

Whaley’s second arrest did not affect the stipulation of his probation because the new allegations involve acts alleged to have been committed prior to his April 17 guilty plea, authorities have said.

Whaley’s next court appearance is Oct. 30 for a pretrial conference.

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