City supervisor placed on unpaid leave

An Augusta Recreation Department supervisor has been placed on leave without pay for allegedly using a city dump truck to steal a load of dirt.

Deputy City Administrator Bill Shanahan confirmed that property and maintenance supervisor Jerome K. Johnson was placed on three days’ leave without pay on Friday while Shanahan investigates the allegations.

“Misuse of government vehicles and taking government assets that aren’t yours; it’s definitely something we take seriously,” Shanahan said.

The city is examining GPS tracking records to determine where the dump truck went, he said.

According to city records, Johnson has been with the city since 1999. He was working at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course before joining the cemetery crew as a supervisor last year.

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