Two Memphis, Tennessee television stations have confirmed that Helena-West Helena Assistant Police Chief Ronald Scott was fired Friday morning in connection with an investigation regarding timecard discrepancies.

Two Memphis, Tennessee television stations have confirmed that Helena-West Helena Assistant Police Chief Ronald Scott was fired Friday morning in connection with an investigation regarding timecard discrepancies.

Police Chief James Smith told WREG-TV 3 that Scott allegedly claimed he was working when he was actually on vacation. That, Smith told the TV station, potentially resulted in thousands of dollars in costs to the city's taxpayers.

Scott had served as W-HPD's assistant police for 11 years.

WMC-TV Channel 5 reported that Mayor Jay Hollowell confirmed the firing. The firing, Hollowell said, came at the recommendation of Chief Smith.

Smith told WREG that he made the recommendation to fire Scott two weeks ago. Reportedly, Scott's alleged misconduct dates back at least three years.

Channel 3 reported that according to Smith others are under investigation but did not say how many. The chief indicated that federal authorities could be brought in to investigate. He added that Scott could face possible criminal charges.

Smith was named police chief of Helena-West Helena back in April when former chief Virgil Green was fired abruptly.

Smith told WREG-TV, “Public corruption has killed this city. It's not going to happen again.”