UPDATE: Employees accused of pilfering county vehicles
June 19, 2009
By KAREN VELIE
Randy Ghezzi and Max Keller remain on paid administrative leave while the San Luis Obispo County Human Resources Department investigates allegations the pair pirated county equipment, sources said.
According to multiple sources, road crew supervisor Keller was caught using county equipment for his own use over a weekend. Keller allegedly commandeered a county truck to transport wood, previously cut with the use of county equipment, to a relative’s home to be offered for sale.
“If you’re going to be running a scam like this make sure everyone is getting a cut,” said a source who has asked to remain anonymous.
Road Maintenance and Operations Manager Ghezzi allegedly approved the for-profit use of county equipment. His supervisor, Public Works Director Paavo Ogren, said he has been instructed by County Counsel not to discuss the reasons he placed the pair on paid administrative leave.
According to a June 10 CalCoastNews’ article, Ghezzi threatened to go after employees who divulged to the press he is on paid administrative leave.