Graysville Police Chief nabbed in TBI Extortion Investigation

(Left) Graysville Police Chief Julie Tanksley, (Right) Charles Godsey (photo submitted)

CHATTANOOGA – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for two former sworn employees of the Calhoun Police Department.

One of those employees, Julie Tanksley, is currently the Chief of Police in the City of Graysville.

At the request of 10th District Attorney General Stephen Crump, TBI Agents began investigating Julie Tanksley (DOB 3-25-74) and Charles Godsey (7-23-70) on April 8, 2015. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Tanksley, the department’s former chief, and Godsey, an officer, extorted two arrestees by seizing personal property until the arrestees contributed money to the police department’s drug fund.

On Tuesday, the McMinn County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging each with two counts of Extortion. Today, both individuals surrendered to authorities at the McMinn County Jail, where they were each booked and subsequently released on $4,000 bond.

Graysville Mayor Ted Doss is calling an emergency meeting with the city commission to decide how the city plans to handle the matter.  Time of meeting has not been established at the time of publication.

This is a Breaking Story and we’ll keep you informed as it develops.

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