JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tonight arrested a second subject related to an investigation into misconduct at the Johnson City Jail after a Johnson City man was indicted by the Washington County grand jury earlier this week.
David Garland, 38, of Johnson City, Tenn. was indicted on one count of theft of property over $10,000 and two counts of official misconduct. In January of 2013, the 1st Judicial District Attorney General requested a TBI investigation into allegations that female inmates incarcerated at the Johnson City Jail who were being released on work detail were returning to the jail under the influence of alcohol. The Johnson City Police Department opened an internal investigation on Garland which was referred to the District Attorney General and TBI. Garland was employed part-time with the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department and was supervising female inmate work crews as part of his job responsibilities. TBI’s investigation revealed that between 2010 and 2012 Garland provided and/or allowed female inmates to use alcohol and tobacco while he was supervising them on work detail at various locations in Johnson City. Garland was also employed during this time as an East Tennessee State University Public Safety officer. A review of his paychecks and time records from both agencies reflected work hours during the same dates and times. Garland is also being investigated for having an inappropriate relationship with one of the female inmates. Additional charges against him are pending.
Garland was booked into the Washington County Jail on $16,000 bond.