TBI asked to investigate allegations against Kingsport police chief

An e-mail alleging misconduct by Kingsport Police Chief Gale Osborne has made it’s way to multiple city officials, with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation soon to be involved.

Meanwhile Osborne says he was acting on the orders of a judge to protect a juvenile’s inheritance, following the death of their caregiver and dispute over their belongings.

Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus says he has reviewed the allegations and spoke with Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips. On Wednesday afternoon he said he plans to request the TBI investigate the matter, which revolves around Chief Osborne’s alleged misuse of police facilities and forces. Citing the TBI’s involvement he declined further comment.



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