Town of Tryon: Fire chief terminated for misuse of town credit cards

    Tryon's Town Manager Zach Ollis confirms Tuesday that the town's fire chief Joey Davis has been terminated. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    Tryon's Town Manager Zach Ollis confirms Tuesday that the town's fire chief, Joey Davis, has been terminated.

    Davis was terminated for for "conduct unbecoming of a public officer or employee; misappropriation of town funds; misrepresentation in town records for personal profit or to grant special privileges," according to a press release Tuesday. According to the release, Davis used town credit cards, from April to August 2016 while he served as town manager and fire chief, to pay more than $2000 of the personal expenses of an elected offïcial.

    Davis also represented that the expenses would be charged to a grant that does not allow for the payment of such expenses, the release said.

    The elected official whose bills were paid is Tryon Town Commissioner Roy Miller, according to the release.

    This matter has been under investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation since October 2016.

    The Town of Tryon had no further comment at this time.

    Steve Lindsay is representing Joey Davis and says he is reviewing Davis' termination. He saays the town has known all along about the payments.

    "To terminate him under these circumstances is just shocking," Lindsay said. "They were aware and have been made aware that these payments have been made."

    He also said Davis communicated it to management months ago.

    "In the end I'm sure he's going to be exonerated," Lindsay said and added there are "implications of much greater things going on."

    Battalion Chief Geoffrey Tennant is now the interim fire chief for the Town of Tryon.

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