Archive for Saturday, January 29, 2011

3 Topeka city workers disciplined for scrap theft

January 29, 2011

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— The city of Topeka disciplined three employees who stole scrap metal from a work site, but city officials refuse to say how much metal was stolen and two of the employees remain on the job.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Friday that the water department employees loaded a trailer with city-owned scrap metal from a work site last year. When the theft was discovered, a supervisor retired and two employees were disciplined. The theft was not reported to police.

City manager Norton Bonaparte refused to confirm the theft or answer any questions about it, saying it was a personnel matter.

But Mike Merriam, an attorney for the Capital-Journal, says the theft of government property is not a personnel issue and taxpayers have a right to know when city property is stolen.

Comments

LeBo 4 years, 3 months ago

In the private sector this is called increasing the bottom line!

Hoots 4 years, 3 months ago

In the private sector it's called you are looking for a new job. It amazes me what you can get away with while working on the taxpayers dollar. Theft is a one strike and your out in the real world.

tomcats 4 years, 3 months ago

It just depends on what city they work for. Usually small city let this kind of thing go on. Still... It doesn't make it right.

Hoots 4 years, 3 months ago

If they worked for say Home Depot or some other private employer they would be gone. Why does the government put up with this kind of behavior? My point was the difference in standards between them.

irvan moore 4 years, 3 months ago

the supervisior should have been arrested and so should the other 2. they also should have lost their jobs, stealing is stealing, criminal. not personnel matter.

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