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Tennessee Police Chief Indicted for Falsifying Official Election Documents

After resigning from her position, former Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy was indicted on 17 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Murphy has been charged with six counts of official misconduct, three counts of forgery, three counts of perjury, three counts of falsifying governmental records, one count of falsifying official registration or election documents, and one count of illegal voter registration.

Since March, Murphy has been under investigation for allegations that she did not reside in Chattanooga.

“During the investigation, agents determined Murphy knowingly entered false information on several government documents related to establishing residency in Chattanooga, though swearing to their truth in signing the documents,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

The disgraced police chief turned herself into the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. She was promptly processed and released upon posting a $19,000 bond.

Mayor Tim Kelly had announced Murphy’s resignation the day before her arrest.

“This morning, I accepted the resignation of Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy, effective immediately. While the circumstances surrounding the situation have been challenging, I respect her desire to preserve the integrity of the Chattanooga Police Department,” Kelly said.

Local station WJAR reports, “Harry Sommers, who is Chattanooga Police Department’s current executive chief of police and a 40-year law enforcement veteran, will serve as Interim Chief of Police.”

Murphy is set to appear in court on July 12th.

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