Less than 12 hours after a Canton police officer pulled over the city manager, the interim police chief received a call.
It was 8:30 a.m. March 16. Donna Bell, City Manager Scott Wood's administrative assistant, was on the other end.
She said that Wood "wished to meet with myself and Officer (Daniel) Henley in his office," Todd Vande Zande said Monday in an interview with Canton-Sixes Patch. "I told her that (Henley) wasn't working Friday and that I would get back with them in regards to when that would be possible."
Henley was the officer who turned off his microphone during the last 95 seconds of a March 15 traffic stop in which Wood made sure the officer knew he wasn't dealing with an ordinary citizen.
Until a WSB-TV report on Thursday night, the city said nothing about the stop, which occurred shortly after a city council meeting ended.
Wood drove off that night with a warning for failing to maintain his lane and driving 45 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone. And the officer who pulled the city manager over received a verbal warning for shutting off the audio during the stop.
That violation of police department policy and the city's silence around the incident have raised questions about Wood and if he was the recipient of preferential treatment.
While Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood attempted to put those concerns to rest on Monday, Vande Zande's admission has sparked new questions, namely why Wood wanted a meeting with the officer who stopped him.
Vande Zande said he didn't know the answer to that question.
Bell "just said that Mr. Wood wants to meet with you and Officer Henley in his office and she didn't explain what the reason for the meeting was," Vande Zande said.
Wood has not returned messages left for him since Friday. His only public comments regarding the traffic stop came Thursday, during that WSB report.
"I neither asked for and hopefully did not receive any kind of preferential treatment," Wood told reporter Michael Buczyner.
Vande Zande acknowledged as much in a Friday interview with Canton-Sixes Patch. He didn't mention the phone call from Bell during that interview. And on Monday, he didn't say why he omitted that piece of information.
He did say that he never followed up with Bell or Wood about the meeting.
"I don't know that it's an appropriate thing to do," said Vande Zande, who had an interview with Wood on Monday for the police chief's job, which has been vacant since Jeff Lance was forced to resign in January in the wake of the Jorelys Rivera murder case. "If they ordered me to do it, then I certainly will. But I have some concerns about it."
While Vande Zande said he has reservations about the city manager's request, he said that if Wood follows up with him before he begins vacation on Friday, he will oblige.
"I don't have any choice but to," he said. "But we'll see what happens."