Millington Police Chief Resigns Over Missing Money


Frank Tennant
  • Frank Tennant
Millington Police Chief Frank Tennant has resigned, and an Millington police officer has been fired as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) looks into how $20,000 seized from a dead man's house went missing from the Millington Police Department's evidence room.

On August 20th, it was discovered that money was missing from the evidence room. The money was taken from the home of 59-year-old Jimmy Wayne Smith, who had died of a heart attack in his mobile home, when the police did a welfare check at his home on April 28th. Smith had about $20,000 stashed away in medicine bottles. That money was seized. But when Smith's brother asked the police to retrieve his brother's money, it was gone from the evidence room.

On August 31st, the city of Millington delivered a check to Smith's family in the amount of the missing funds. But there is no word yet on what happened to the original $20,000 in the evidence room. The TBI is investigating. And now that Tennant has resigned, Millington Mayor Terry Jones and the Board of Aldermen will replace the chief at a special-called meeting on Thursday, September 3rd at 6 p.m. A statement today on Millington's website says other police terminations may follow.

“I have the greatest respect for those who serve in law enforcement. It is a tough job,” said Ed Haley, Millington’s City Manager. “I am grateful for those who have served this community, but make no mistake, no one is immune. Where problems are found, the City of Millington will take swift and decisive action to correct.” 

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