City fires recreation supervisor accused of stealing dirt

An Augusta Recreation Department supervisor accused of stealing three loads of city dirt to fill in a private swimming pool was fired Wednesday, officials said.

Property and maintenance supervisor Jerome K. Johnson had been on unpaid leave since Monday while Deputy Administrator Bill Shanahan investigated the allegations.

Johnson, who helped oversee cemetery maintenance, had persuaded a city engineering department employee who “should have known better” to provide the dirt, which he hauled to the residential pool in a city dump truck, Shanahan said.

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