ELIZABETHTON — Carter County Planning Director Chris Schuettler had his first appearance in court Tuesday morning on a charge of theft over $1,000. After a brief discussion with Judge John Walton at his bench, Schuettler’s case was set for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Schuettler’s charge stems from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation review of Schuettler’s cell phone records which indicate cell phone calls billed from Lenoir and Wilkesboro, N.C. during business hours from June 2008 through October 2010, when Schuettler said he was at work inside Carter County.
When he was issued a criminal summons last week, Schuettler denied the assumptions made by the TBI and said it was “nothing more than another attack on me personally and professionally” by Mayor Leon Humphrey.
Humphrey said last week he was not out to get Schuettler but emphasized that “public monies are to be handled with trust. It doesn’t matter who you are. This seems to be a serious charge.”