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City supervisor placed on unpaid leave

Monday, June 25, 2012 12:18 PM
Last updated 10:16 PM
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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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Insider Information 06/25/12 - 11:56 am
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First it was Augusta National

First it was Augusta National sand.

Now it's city dirt.

What will it be next?

David Parker
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David Parker 06/25/12 - 12:04 pm
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some red clay from Martinez

some red clay from Martinez

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/25/12 - 12:05 pm
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Sad

that an employee would throw his career down the drain over a load of dirt.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/25/12 - 01:27 pm
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Sad???? Stupid!!!

Didn't see any mention of criminal charges!! Borrowed the city truck: theft!! Took city dirt: theft!! Probably did it on city clock: theft of payroll resources!! I hope the dirt didn't come from West View cemetery because it might have had bones in it! Now that is sad!

raul
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raul 06/26/12 - 08:32 am
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Not sure about the city

Not sure about the city rules, but willful misuse of a government vehicle for a Federal employee is, by law, a minimum 30 day suspension from duty and pay.

@ sweetson. You wouldn't want to charge theft for the truck as the actus reus of theft is usually defined as an unauthorized taking, keeping or using of another's property which must be accompanied by a mens rea of dishonesty and/or the intent to permanently deprive the owner or the person with rightful possession of that property or its use. In this case, I would think he was "borrowing" the truck and didn't intend to keep it.

I would go with 1. willful misuse of a city government vehicle, 2, misuse of government time and resources.

The proposed penalty should be 1. suspension from duty and pay for 30 days and 2, demotion to a non-supervisory position.

And that's my two cents for administrative action. I would leave it up to the lawyers as to pursing criminal charges.

mycomments
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mycomments 06/26/12 - 08:43 am
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They should charge him and

They should charge him and fire him like they did the Landfill employee who used a county vehicle to take a load of county rock to another county employee's driveway just outside the landfill. He was fired and lost his career while the one who received the benefit of the county rock for her driveway is still working for the county making $32,918.62. What's the difference?

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raul 06/26/12 - 09:08 am
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@mycomment. Not familiar with

@mycomment. Not familiar with that case, but you have a point. Penalties for past similar offenses should be given consideration in determining the appropriate penalty for the immediate case.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/26/12 - 01:05 pm
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@raul

Didn't mean he stole the truck but he did steal the gas and made the city potentially liable if he had a wreck. For all practical purposes as you or others said, he should be fired! In the old days you could call RCCI and they would bring you a small dump truck load of sand to your property. Things are not the same now but if you are as old as me it was a better world back then. Gone With the Wind!! or like the AJC "Covers Dixie like the Dew.."

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