BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The investigation into the death of former Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike DeNardo took another turn at Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Council voted 5-0 to put the insurance company for DeNardo's ex-wife Patricia on notice for possible payroll fraud.
By the same vote, council also put Chief DeNardo's insurance company on notice for possible payroll fraud and possible missing city inventory.
Patricia DeNardo was a police officer in Bay St. Louis at the time of her ex-husband's death.
Councilman Lonnie Falgout said Tuesday's votes were necessary to protect the city and its taxpayers in the event the DeNardos are implicated in the FBI's ongoing investigation.
But Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame disagrees. He intends to veto both measures, claiming that council's actions are premature because none of the allegations against the DeNardos have been substantiated.
"The best protection for the city is to wait for the investigation to be finished to see what the claims might be, and then proceed from there," Fillingame told WLOX News Now. "Claims are accusations, and to make accusations or assumptions is very premature. They've done that with no evidence in front of them, and don't think it's a responsible thing to do right now."
Fillingame said there is no timeline for when the FBI's investigation will be complete.
Chief DeNardo shot himself to death outside police headquarters on September 8, shortly after learning he was being suspended without pay, pending an investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. He had served as the city's police chief for the past six years.
The sheriff's department has temporarily taken control of the Bay St. Louis Police Department following the chief's death.