A grand jury has cleared the names of two local high-ranking officials.
Kingsport police chief Gale Osborne and Sullivan County mayor Steve Godsey were both accused of official misconduct. The Sullivan County grand jury listened to the evidence and decided neither official did anything wrong, despite what's been held against them by others.
One email sparked a three-month investigation of Kingsport police chief Gale Osborne.
"It hurt not only me, it hurt my family," said Chief Osborne.
He was accused of using city personnel and equipment to move and store items from his personal rental property, but now a grand jury puts those accusations to rest. "They determined that what Chief Osborne did was permitted by the fact that he sought permission and received an order from the juvenile court judge," said Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus.
Chief Osborne sat down with News 5 Thursday and explained he opened an investigation to make sure a special needs teenager living in his rental property whose mother recently passed away was able to keep his estate. "All the stuff in the house, all belongings should come back to this young man who is 14 years old, but no one was representing him," said Chief Osborne.
Kingsport mayor Dennis Phillips told News 5 the allegations stemmed from a former Kingsport police officer, and he was one of the officials who asked for a full investigation. "It was very serious, the allegations made. I would do the same thing if it was me, any other board member, the city manager, or anyone else," said Phillips.
The grand jury also heard evidence involving accusations from another high-ranking official -- Sullivan County mayor Steve Godsey.
Last month, Godsey was accused by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Department of illegally dumping old windows into a county dumpster, but the grand jury ruled Godsey too did nothing wrong.
"Their duty was to determine specifically and solely whether the law, the criminal law of Tennessee, had been broken, not whether good judgment had been exercised or particularly the motive behind what had been done," Staubus explained.