Nathan Brown said, "I'm surprised by all of this. I've known Mayor Harris for 10 or 15 years."
State police investigated Harris for writing thousands of dollars in checks to himself and former employees right before he left office. He left the town of Richwood $24,000 in debt. At the time, he and the city council said they thought they were acting within the law. Brown agrees.
"I don't think he did anything wrong. If it was wrong, I don't think it was intentional on the mayor's part.," Brown said.
Now the court is going to decide if his actions were legal. The district attorney's office is charging Harris with one count of malfeasance in office. Edward Harris was supposed to turn himself in by 9 am, but he got an extension until noon. He finally surrendered just five minutes before his deadline.
Police took Harris's mug shot, then, he bonded out of jail. The district attorney's office says Judge Carl Sharp lowered Harris' bond from $5,000 to $1,000, without consulting them.
Harris is due in court September 9th, that's when they'll set the date for his arraignment hearing.