Petersburg treasurer changes mind, says he will not resign

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg’s city treasurer is refusing to resign, even after the mayor asked him to do so.

8News was first to break the news that Kevin Brown allegedly stole money. Sources told us Petersburg officials were informed the treasurer admitted to taking $2,500, but Brown denies it.

Brown says he plans to fight accusations that he stole from the city he has served now for eight years.

“My time is until December 31 and I will give everything that I possibly can to Petersburg because they have given to me and my family,” Brown said.

It was business as usual at the City Treasurer’s office as Kevin Brown sat behind his desk vowing to not give up his job.

“I’m in politics and these are things that happen when you serve your community,” Brown said.

Brown is still denying reports he took any money, despite multiple high-ranking sources telling 8News that is precisely what Brown admitted to. But Brown does say the amount of $2,500 is odd to him.

“$2,500 is an interesting figure because we only keep $1,500 in the petty cash,” Brown explained.

Acting City Manager Tom Tyrrell would not comment on the allegations, but says the whole point of this investigation is to find out if there was wrongdoing.

“A forensic audit is a different type of audit, this is an audit where we are actually looking for fraud,” Tyrrell said.

Tyrrell says this review of the Treasurer’s Office should be wrapped up in just a few days and adds that the resignation letter Brown found on his desk Tuesday came from his office.

“We prepared a letter at the request of the mayor to make it easy for the treasurer to resign if he elected to do so, to my knowledge he has not elected to do so,” Tyrrell said.

Back at Brown’s office, he has a message for residents.

“I’m not a thief, I have not ever been a thief,” Brown said.

Brown also said he is not worried about any sort criminal prosecution, adding he has not hired an attorney of any kind.

Brown also says his wife has announced plans to run as an independent in this Novembers election to fill his seat.

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