Dublin Supervisor Loses Pay Over Misuse Of City Truck


UPDATED: Wednesday July 24, 2013 5:40 PM

The city of Dublin has strict rules about how employees can use city vehicles.

A tip to Watchdog 10 led to an investigation that cost a supervisor a day's pay.

The city of Dublin Service Center is where most city vehicles are stored each night.

Some city employees get to drive their city vehicles home, depending on their job duties.

One of the individuals is Streets and Utilities Maintenance Crew Supervisor Gary Browning. He drives his city-owned pick-up truck to and from his home on Florence Chapel Pike in Circleville when he's on call.

It's roughly 36 miles each way, every day.

He's only supposed to use the truck for city business.

A tipster told Watchdog 10 that Browning also used the vehicle for personal trips at least twice.

A review of the truck's GPS records obtained by Watchdog 10 showed Browning drove it to a repair shop where his personal truck was being fixed following an accident. Those two trips totaled just 44 miles.

But the city of Dublin says Browning violated its fleet policy.
 
In a statement to Watchdog 10, Dublin says the "policy regarding the use of a city vehicle while in an on-call status was breached in a relatively minor way."
 
Browning was suspended for one day without pay. The city says the administration reiterated the vehicle policy to all of its supervisors.  

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