Posted 4:14 PM 8/28/2012 : Several city employees accused of misuse of resources, funds
TUCSON - Several high-level supervisors at Tucson's Transportation Department were given notice of the city's intent to fire them - they have been under investigation for allegations of misuse of property, equipment and personnel.
In a news conference held this afternoon, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild confirmed that the city has issued "notices of intent" to discharge about six employees from the department's Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division.
These notices come after an 11-month investigation into misuse of city equipment, property and personnel, in which over 200 people were questioned.
Details about the alleged misuse of city resources were scant during the conference, but Mayor Rothschild assured those in attendance that new processes have since been put in place to curb the future misuse of city resources and funds.
"Wrongful conduct will not be tolerated by any city employee in any department," Mayor Rothschild said. "[City Manager] Mr. Miranda and I agree the trademark of our administration will be accountability and responsiveness."
The city is looking into administrative action against additional employees, but details on that were not given at today's conference.
The accused have seven days to schedule a pre-discharge meeting to answer to the allegations against them.
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