Trinity mayor: City manager attempts suicide, admits stealing money

Trinity City Manager Phil Patchett
Trinity City Manager Phil Patchett

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The Trinity city manager is recovering in a Tyler hospital after attempting suicide Tuesday morning, Mayor Lyle Stubbs said.

When emergency responders found Phil Patchett, they also found a suicide note where he admitted to stealing money from the city.

Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones and Trinity County Assistant District Attorney Vennie Schiro confirmed Patchett was being investigated for stealing money from the city office.

According to Stubbs, Patchett called Jones Tuesday morning and said he was killing himself. Jones then called emergency crews to look for Patchett. They found him that morning in a wooded area near a dead-end road.

Stubbs called an emergency city council meeting Tuesday night, where the council suspended Patchett without pay.

Stubbs has ordered a special audit to find out how much money had been stolen from the city.

Stubbs said Patchett is expected to make a full recovery.

Stubbs said he was not sure why Patchett stole the money, but thought he might have a gambling problem.

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