A former Warren County Airport manager has been indicted by the grand jury after a TBI investigation revealed thousands of dollars missing from airport funds.
John Patterson, 42, of Clarksville was booked into Warren County Jail on Monday and released on $20,000 bond. He currently serves as director of Clarksville Regional Airport, a job he left Warren County to take.
According to the TBI investigation, Patterson took approximately $17,500 from Warren County Airport between 2007 and 2011 while working here as airport manager.
“I turned myself in, have been booked and I look forward to my day in court,” said Patterson when reached by phone yesterday.
Patterson forged daily logs which kept a running total of cash and credits coming into the airport, the investigation showed. On several occasions, Patterson would white-out in the log the amount of cash taken in, change the amount on the log and pocket the cash for himself. Other suspicious behavior involving hangar rentals was also noted.
A Tennessee Comptroller’s office annual audit revealed the missing funds. In March 2012, the 31st Judicial District Attorney General’s office requested a TBI investigation.
In the wake of the allegations, County Executive John Pelham and the Warren County Commission worked with the airport board to establish new procedures.
“We appropriated money for a new computer system that deals specifically with airport hangar rentals and fuel sales,” said Pelham. “The previous system did not do that. It would allow a person to navigate the system and make changes. This new system is in and it’s operational right now.”
Patterson is scheduled to be arraigned next Wednesday, Aug. 28.