One city of Dayton employee was terminated and another one retired after a police investigation into unauthorized scrap-metal sales at a local junkyard.
The investigation has not resulted in any criminal convictions, but raised questions about whether city employees sold scrap-metal without authorization from their supervisors, which is against city policy.
The workers, one of whom is fighting to get his job back, claim multiple Dayton employees and supervisors regularly sold city-owned scrap metal for cash that was set aside to pay for employee parties and other work-related expenses.
City policy states that authorization is required for such sales and the money turned over to the finance department for deposit within one business day, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said.
David Shaver, a construction electrician terminated by the city following the investigation, has appealed to the city’s Civil Service Board in an effort to get his job back.
The other employee, David Landis, a facilities management electrician, initially faced charges of theft in office but was placed in a diversion program that allowed him to avoid criminal prosecution, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
His attorney said the money wasn’t used for personal gain.