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Update: Former Johnson City Jail superintendent charged with stealing more than $60K, son charged with theft over $10K

November 8th, 2013 5:36 pm by Becky Campbell

Update: Former Johnson City Jail superintendent charged with stealing more than $60K, son charged with theft over $10K

Booking photos of Samuel Garland and David Garland



Johnson City’s former jail superintendent was arrested Friday, accused of stealing more than $60,000 over an eight-year period from the Johnson City-Washington County Boys and Girls Club by billing for inmate supervision he performed as a paid city employee.


Samuel Garland, 58, was indicted on a single charge of theft over $60,000. His son, David Garland, 38, was indicted on charges of theft over $10,000 and two counts of official misconduct.


“These charges were related to time when Sam Garland was on duty for the city but also obtained money for personal gain from the Boys and Girls club utilizing inmate work details,” Police Chief Mark Sirois said at a news conference Friday evening.


The charges against David Garland “are related to discrepancies between the hours worked at East Tennessee State University and hours claimed at the city as well providing alcohol to inmates and an inappropriate relationship with an inmate,” Sirois said. The alleged incidents occurred between 2010 and 2012, Sirois said.


 The charges came from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that began more than a year ago, and the cases were presented to a Washington County grand jury on Monday.


“In October 2012, the Johnson City Police Department began an internal investigation into allegations of violations involving inmate work details,” Sirois said late Friday after the TBI released information about the arrests.


That investigation began after David Garland — employed then as a part-time worker for the city’s Parks and Recreation — returned from Buffalo Valley Golf Course with inmates he supervised. Sirois said the female inmates were visibly intoxicated.


The investigation also uncovered an inappropriate relationship between David Garland and one of those inmates and eventually led to the discovery he logged time with the city during hours he was also working at ETSU, Sirois said. David Garland was a full-time ETSU public safety officer at the time, but resigned after the investigation began, according to ETSU Director of University Relations Joe Smith.


That led to further findings involving Sam Garland, who is accused of billing the Boys and Girls Club for supervising a custodial inmate work crew for the agency on West Market Street. He was being paid by the police department for the same work.


Tony Clark, 1st Judicial District attorney general, requested a TBI investigation in May after the police department discovered the alleged misconduct.


“At the first sign of something being wrong, we looked into it and that’s what started the ball rolling,” Sirois said.


Between 2004 and 2012, while serving as the jail’s superintendent, Garland was being paid by the Boys and Girls Club to supervise the custodial work of female Johnson City jail inmates at the club. Garland also was being paid by the police department for the same work.


During that eight-year period, Sam Garland was paid more than $60,090 by the Boys and Girls Club, although Clark said the amount could actually be more.


Sirois said inmate work crews provide free services to agencies as part of their sentence, and supervision of those inmates is performed as part of the supervisors’ regular work duties.


David Garland resigned from the city in October 2012 after the investigation began. Sam Garland, appointed superintendent of the jail in 1996 and once named state jail administrator of the year, retired in November 2012.


Both Garlands turned themselves in at the Washington County Detention Center late Friday. Sam Garland posted a $25,000 bond and David Garland posted a $16,000 bond. They have a Criminal Court appearance set for Nov. 18.


Smith said the university cooperated with the investigation and David Garland is no longer a public safety officer there.

Earlier version of the story

Johnson City's former jail superintendent was arrested Friday on a charge that he stole more than $60,000 over an eight-year period by double billing the Police Department and the Johnson City Boys and Girls Club for inmate supervision.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested Samuel Garland, 58, after the Washington County grand jury indicted him on one count of theft over $60,000.


Tony Clark, 1st Judicial District attorney general, requested a TBI investigation in May after the Johnson City Police Department discovered the alleged misconduct during an internal investigation.


Between 2004 and 2012, while serving as the jail’s superintendent, Garland was being paid by the Johnson City Boys and Girls Club to supervise the custodial work of female Johnson City jail inmates at the club on West Market Street. Garland also was being paid by the police department for the same work.


During an eight year period, Sam Garland was paid more than $60,000 by the Boys and Girls Club.


Garland was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

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