Roanoke City Mayor responds to Councilman facing charges of felony embezzlement

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea shared his thoughts in letting the justice system decide the fate of Councilman Robert Jeffrey, Jr., who is facing multiple charges for felony embezzlement.

Lea says he was shocked by the indictments against the councilman.

“There’s always conversations, but none of that amounted to a lot with us,” said Lea.

The councilman will not lose his seat just for being charged, but could if he is convicted.

“If he’s convicted, that will take care of itself … Right now, my concern is that the citizens realize and understand that we’re going to serve this city at a high level,” Lea explained.

At that point, Lea said, “We’ll deal with this situation as it comes. A lot of decisions will be made by Robert and the court system.”

The mayor did point out that the councilman — whose charges include allegedly embezzling money — has no direct contact with taxpayer money, and neither do any of the other council members.

“No, we don’t deal personally with city money,” said Lea. “We make decisions all the time on finances and budgeting, but it’s not personal money that you handle.”

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