Friday, March 7, 2008

Mayor of Mandeville Returns Toy Money to Poor Children


Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price has given $2,300 back to the police charity that bought him Wal-Mart gift cards and other presents with money donated by local residents to help needy people. Price wrote the check to the Mandeville Police Citizen Service Fund on Wednesday after a Times-Picayune article disclosing the gifts prompted angry reactions from people who have given to the fund, which runs a well-publicized Christmas toy drive. Police Chief Tom Buell, who is in charge of the fund, said Thursday he would consider resigning as police chief if he believed it would help quell the controversy that has followed the disclosures. Price, who makes more than $96,000 a year, has said he accepted $1,300 in Wal-Mart cards, a hunting bow and a gun cabinet because he thought they were Christmas and birthday gifts from city employees.

2 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

So. They were Christmas and birthday gifts to Price. I've got a bridge that I wonder if you'd be interested in buying. It's in good condition.

Ya gotta love the guy's chutzpah - snatching toys out of the hands of the kiddies.

Jim said...

What was he thinking? He knew where it was coming from.
Kiss babies for votes and steal their toys when elected!