MONTEREY -- The state will conduct an audit of the Monterey Police Department, and that's at the request of the new interim police chief, Larry Bates.
confirmed for the Herald-Citizen
has contacted District Attorney Randy York to ask that an audit be conducted as Bates
takes over following the recent abrupt resignation of Chief Tim Murphy.
declined to offer further details of what is reportedly a broad investigation to be conducted concerning the Monterey Police Dept.
"I'm responsible for everything (in the department) from this point on, and I wanted to start with an audit," Bates
"That's all I can say.
also confirmed that he
is among those applying for the chief's job.
The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 30.
Bates was tapped to fill in as chief last week by the town's Civil Service board right after Monterey Mayor Richard Godsey informed the board that Tim Murphy had resigned.
Larry Bates, 41, has been in law enforcement for 10 years, having worked as a corrections officer in Overton County, as an officer for the Algood Police Dept., and for the Smithville Police.
was hired on the Monterey force in 2006 just before then-Chief Bruce Breedlove left on a vacation trip.
Now, counting interim Chief Bates, the Monterey force has six officers.
has many goals for the Monterey Police Dept.
, including a general upgrade, an improved image, and more community-oriented programs, such as Neighborhood Watch.
grew up in a small town near Athens, Georgia, and came here after meeting and marrying his
wife, Kimberly Farley Bates.
She runs a daycare in Monterey, and they have two children, a son who works in corrections at the White County Sheriff's Dept. and a 13-year-old daughter who attends Burks Middle School.