By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The mayor of a small Sweetwater County town is facing charges after allegedly using its funds for his own gains.
Granger Mayor Bradly McCollum was arrested Thursday on a warrant for suspected felony theft and the wrongful appropriation of public property.
McCollum, 55, is alleged to have used one of the town’s bank cards for at least four separate personal purchases totaling more than 1,300 of a six-month period in 2019, according to an announcement from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.
These purchases included tires for a personally-owned vehicle, fuel and replacement parts for a furnace at McCollum’s rental property in New York. Sheriff’s detectives have been investigating the case for month, and have examined McCollum’s personal banking records and cross-referencing them with the town’s official financial statements.
McCollum was elected mayor of Granger in 2018.
In Wyoming, the wrongful appropriation of public property is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both. Theft in excess of $1,000 is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
McCollum remains in custody at the Sweetwater County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance in court.