An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has resulted in the indictments of two police officers who worked for both the Town of Mason and City of Gallaway police departments until the summer of 2020.
Vatisha Barken was Mason’s interim chief of police and a captain for the Gallaway Police Department. Samuel Sutton worked as a patrolman for the Mason PD and was a lieutenant for the Gallaway PD. The investigation began after officials and citizens from both municipalities reported concerns to the Comptroller’s Office.
Investigators determined that Barken and Sutton falsified their timesheets and wrongfully obtained wages and/or salary and benefits from both Mason and Gallaway. Barken obtained a total of $14,933.66, and Sutton received a total of $20,568.42 in wrongful compensation.