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Council members hope Carter will resign after accused of laundering drug money

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On Wednesday, some city council members admit a better vetting process for appointments like Jay Carter's, might be a good idea. 

Carter was first appointed to the Evansville Redevelopment Commission in 2011.

As we reported on Wednesday, he's now facing nine federal counts that involves laundering drug money.

Evansville City Council Finance Chairman John Friend says Jay Carter's new legal woes came as both a surprise and a disappointment.

"There's some really big issues in front of the ERC and a person in that position needs to keep very focused on those issues," Friend said. 

That's why he, along with fellow council member Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley, want Carter to resign. 

"I personally would like to see Mr. Carter step down and simply focus on the things that are clearly more important to him right now," Brinkerhoff-Riley said.

Both council members tell 14 News this federal money laundering case has them rethinking the way city council appoints people to positions like Carter's. 

"We don't have a formal process for selecting and vetting people to serve on these boards and commissions," Brinkerhoff-Riley said. "Was President Obama responsible for Petreaus' affair? Of course not, but we bear some responsibility that we're trying to put someone in that place that isn't doing something illegal in their spare time." 

Among other things, Carter is accused of using drug money to buy and operate Shaggy's Towing.

That brings us to the city's towing contract with Tri-State Towing, a contract mentioned in this federal indictment.

Gary Crawford is the owner. 

"I was interviewed by an IRS agent about two months ago," Crawford said.

Crawford says Jay Carter came to him before the contract was bid, asking for some help.

"He expressed a concern that he was a female-owned minority towing company and he didn't have a chance to get any of the towing business from the city contract. He asked me if I would mind helping him get into the towing business and to get part of the contract," Crawford said.

Crawford says he and Carter's wife signed an agreement that if Tri-State won the city contract, Tri-State Towing would train and mentor Shaggy's, providing them with at least three to four towing or vehicle recovery runs per week.

But he says Shaggy's didn't follow through with their end of the bargain-- and never completed a single run for the city.

14 News was not able to talk to the safety board president, but police Chief Billy Bolin who works with the board says he doesn't think the contract should be re-bid and that the police department's been happy with their service.

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