Glasgow Mayor Darrell Pickett is speaking out about his recent indictment.
He Carol Sue "Susie" Pollock, and Lorene Lee Hoffman are indicted in connection with payroll irregularities.
The charges stem from allegations that Pollock, in her role as city treasurer, altered the time sheets of hours worked by Hoffman, her sister and a civilian employee of the Glasgow Police Department.
Pollock took responsibility for the discrepancies in her resignation letter in 2004, but claims Pickett, chief of police at the time, directed her to make the changes, an accusation the mayor has vigorously denied.
Ironically, it was Pickett who ordered an audit in 2003 shortly after he took over as mayor.
Pickett faces one count of complicity to theft by deception. Hoffman faces five counts of complicity to theft by deception and one count of theft by deception. Pollock faces five counts of complicity to theft by deception and forgery in the second degree.
All three are set to be arraigned on July 10.
Here's the full statement Mayor Darrell Pickett released at a meeting and faxed to WBKO:
"I have not officially addressed charges that were placed against me until this time. I was advised to talk with my attorney before doing so. If I could describe last Thursday I might say it was 'Black Thursday' for me and my family. Not only was I unjustly accused of something, my family was also faced with three personal problems within a 24 hour period of time.
I don't imagine I have to tell each one of you that I pledge here and now with God as my witness that I have done nothing wrong. I have dedicated my entire career to this city.
I have served this city and its citizens for the past four years as Mayor ..doing all that I could for the betterment of our community.
I am sure that I have not always made everyone happy. I guess at this point that is very obvious.
But I can go to bed at night with a clear mind that I have been honest and done my best for our city.
I love this city, I have and I will continue to do all I can for this city and its citizens. My daily routine will not change. It is business as usual in Glasgow.
I guess it is human nature for people to say 'someone else made me do it.' I am here now, in this building that represents our community to say I DID NOT DO IT and I will fight will all that is inside of me to prove it. This has hurt me, my family, my friends and I don't take that lightly.
No matter how hard you try, you get kicked harder by the devil. The devil must be really upset with me, because he is really kicking. I have a strong faith in this city, our legal system and an even stronger faith in God and knowing that the truth will prevail.
Over the weekend I literally received hundreds of telephone calls and visits from people. Everyone had the same thing to say. We know you. Our community knows you and while you may be going through a bad time now, over and over they keep saying...something good will come from this.
Right now that is hard to see.
While I answer to you the citizens of Glasgow, I know as a minister that I answer to a much higher power. I could not preach the word of God if I was guilty of what I have been accused of. It is that power, and the friendship of the hundreds of people who have stepped up and offered their support that gets me through each day.
I came up here to do what is right and now I am in trouble.
I leave you with this from Phil, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
At the advice of my attorney all other inquires should be directed to him.
Again, Thank you.”