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Zeigler community demands answers about missing money

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ZEIGLER -- People in Zeigler packed Tuesday night's city council meeting demanding answers as to why FBI agents raided the town hall last month, and the home of the city treasurer.

"The money that's gone came out of the pockets of the people sitting here," said Jaime Moyers, a local high school teacher. 

Moyers grew up in Ziegler. He said it's one reason he's passionate about the city's issues. In the heated council meeting, he and others called for town leaders to take ownership of their mistakes.

"The last thing that we need to hear here is whitewash because what I need to know is that these elected officials have our best interest in mind," Moyers said. 

People in town told News 3 over 300-thousand dollars turned up missing from Zeigler, and they want answers as to where it went.

City Attorney Rebecca Whittington presented a 22-page report with recommendations to avoid a similar problem in the future.

“I think if we put things back in place as they should be in a commission form of government, that the checks and balances will automatically be restored," Whittington said. 

Throughout the meeting, Zeigler Mayor Dennis Mitchell tried to put the best face on a troubling situation.

“The ships not sailing, no it’s not going to sink, we know where the leak was, now it’s a matter of repairing it,” Mitchell said.

Moyers said while this meeting didn't give him all the answers he wanted, he'll hope for the best.

“Just to hear what I heard tonight, I think is going to help but we do I think have some steps to make," Moyers said. 

City leaders said they'll submit insurance claims soon to get back some of the money. They said it will take about ten days before the insurance might make good on the claim.

The FBI investigation is still ongoing.

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