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Posted on: August 18, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Police investigating irregularities in Utilities Department

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The Danville Police Department is investigating the possible abuse of overtime pay and illegal use of company credit cards among certain work groups in the Danville Utilities Department. In addition, police are investigating possible improper activities involving contracts.

City Manager Joe King requested the investigation following an internal audit last fall that brought irregularities to his attention.

“Danville residents expect the best of city government and, as city manager, I give my full attention to ensuring that our team and our work product meet their expectations,” King said Monday. “When we fall short, we take action. When we identify problems, we work to solve them. We are accountable for everything that happens in this city government.”

To date, evidence uncovered by the investigation has led to three employee terminations and criminal charges filed against two of the three employees who were terminated.

“The investigation is far from over,” said King, who has informed City Council of the investigation.

Police are conducting their investigation in cooperation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

“While I understand the desire for answers to the many questions that will be asked with regard to this matter, neither I nor any other municipal employee or official want to hinder the investigation by releasing additional information at this time. We will provide more detailed information at the appropriate time.”

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