Salem's Former City Manager Takes Stand in Own Defense
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 13, 2012 @ 2:45AM
Created on October 12, 2012 @ 6:04PM
A Former Salem City Manager said he didn't do anything that he's charged with although he did unintentionally receive money. David Mayle took the stand in his own defense Friday afternoon, after the state rested their case in the morning.
Mayle said all the money he used for meals on his city credit card was for city business and that it was never his intent to double dip on that card. He thinks checks were used that he never actually signed, claiming that he knows his own signature.
Before lunch, the state presented an employee of the state auditor's office who said Mayle's signature was on more than 90 checks. Mike Turley said Mayle received more than $22,000 in excess salary and $18,000 extra sick leave from December 2007 through January 2010. Mayle was permitted to get compensated for 12 sick days a year if he didn't use them but Turley said that in 2009, Mayle took pay for more than 103 days.
Turley testified about a lot of papers he collected during his audit. He said that Mayle didn't usually include reasons on some of the checks he would authorize. He also said that there weren't receipts in the petite cash drawer or receipts from travel for per diem costs.
The state asked Mayle about that and he said he didn't think about documenting his expenditures but he did document his hours.
The jury was asked to return to court Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.
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