Chuck Moser, Wayne County Road Superintendent, issues a statement on the resolution of the criminal case against him today.
"I want to take this opportunity to explain the charges against me.
In March of 2017, I received a phone call from a gentleman in the southern part of Wayne County about a ditch in front of their church that was eroding back underneath the parking lot. We were working in the area & he told us he had other agencies several times but they hadn't fixed the problem, since we were there would we? I told him we would. We used an estimated 6 to 10 ton of mixed rock from the scrap pile at our shop.
A few weeks later I received several calls from a from a home health care organization. Apparently, an ambulance had fallen through a bridge while trying to get one of their patients, which was an 80-year-old man that was bedridden. They asked if we could please help these folks. We also received a call from the man's son asking us to fix it.
This bridge was about 10-12 feet off the road right of way. I called a contact in Nashville at the highway officials association and he says he thinks we can but he would check. A day or so later the calls kept coming from the home health ladies one of them said if we would furnish some material her husband and some of the men from the church would build it.
The son of the elderly gentleman called back saying since the county highway department had built this bridge in 1982, refloored it in 1989, reworked it again in 1999 with wooden beams underneath it, which is why the ambulance broke through it, and was refloored again in 2008 with a crew of inmates, if something happened to his dad then the highway dept and the county could expect a lawsuit.
I sent Mr. Jimmy Staggs out to check the bridge. He witnessed the home health care nurses wadding through the creek to see their 80-year-old patient.
Mr. Staggs came back and said he felt they desperately needed help so that's when I decided we would assist them in getting to the patient. Sadly that man has since passed away.
We had some used beams from an old bridge the state had condemned and a contractor had torn off to build the new one. These beams were bent, crooked, had holes cut in them & had been welded on in multiple places. We dug 2 out of the scrap pile and gave them to them. I had one of the employees and 2 inmates gather up some old bridge timber (31 boards), that had been there for about a year and that's what we gave them to build the bridge with.
All of the material was left laying on the road right of way.
We did lay the beams across the branch with the backhoe.
I want to say I take full responsibility for these actions.
Jimmy Staggs and those employees that worked on these 2 projects would not have been there if I had not sent them.
This is why I accepted the plea and plead guilty to official misconduct for knowingly performing or ordering an unauthorized act, & use of inmates on private property.
I have also agreed to pay $3011.00 plus $620.00 court costs, this covers the cost of scrap beams, lumber, rock, and labor for both projects.
I want to say I disagree with a law that says, you can't help people with documented medical needs or a place of worship.
I did not do these things for personal gain, money or any other recognition.
I did this to simply help a family that was desperately in need and to help a church.
I hope the citizens of Wane County understand why I did, what I did."
Wayne County Road Superintendent
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