Gould Mayor Earnest Nash Jr. was arrested Tuesday afternoon about a half block from City Hall for two counts of third-degree battery and one count of terroristic threatening.
The battery charges stem from a February incident at City Hall where he allegedly assaulted City Recorder-Treasurer Pam Barley-Gibson and Gould City Alderman Harry Hall who had gone to City Hall with a locksmith to gain access to Barley-Gibson’s office.
Nash allegedly twisted Barley-Gibson’s wrist and shoved her out of the treasurer’s office and Hall said Nash shoved him as well.
Nash, however, claimed there was a court order to prevent their access but Lincoln County Sheriff Larry McGee said he could find no such court order.
The terroristic threatening charge was added during Nash’s arrest.
When Lincoln County deputies arrived at City Hall to arrest Nash on the battery charges, Nash went out another door. Deputies located him and arrested him on a city street about a half block away from City Hall. During the arrest, Barley-Gibson drove by and Nash reportedly yelled something at her that she perceived to be a threat.
Nash posted a bond and was released.
Nash is also charged with abuse of office, obstructing governmental operations, theft of property, and two counts of nonfeasance in office.
Prosecutors allege that Nash illegally prohibited Barley-Gibson from taking office and performing her duties, violated a city ordinance when he authorized payments from the city’s general fund and a disaster fund, altered court records without authorization, and converted $520 of court funds to his own use in 2003 while serving as the City Court clerk.