Investigators spent nearly 12 hours searching the home of Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert overnight as part of an ongoing investigation into public corruption, Michigan State Police said Tuesday.
Police said Lambert was cooperative and was allowed to leave his home after an interview with investigators. No request for charges in the case would come for at least a month, police said.
The case involves city officials and stretches back several years, Lt. Michael Shaw said. Specifics about what police were looking for have not been released.
"Numerous items were seized from the home and are being processed at this time," police said in a statement. Shaw said evidence would be reviewed and could be sent to a lab for processing.
Lambert did not appear to have shown up at City Hall Tuesday morning.
City officials told Local 4 they had no idea why Lambert would be involved in something crooked, but noticed something was off.
Mayor Pro Tem LeRoy Burncroff said Lambert wasn't at a council meeting Monday.
"I was informed by his staff that he was not going to be at the meeting and word got out there was some activity at the residence," Burncroff said.
He adds no one knows exactly what is happening and therefore shouldn't rush to judgment.
"I want the citizens to know that we have a lot of great people in city government. We are cooperating a 100 percent with Michigan State Police," he said.
The city of Romulus drew attention in 2011 after a former police chief and five detectives were charged in an alleged scheme that used drug forfeiture money to pay for prostitutes, alcohol and marijuana, and to buy a tanning salon later operated by the then-chief's wife.
Lambert was never linked to that case. Shaw said the latest investigation has nothing to do with the 2011 scandal.