Granby Public Works Supervisor James Klase resigned amid accusations he was stealing diesel fuel. But now, the I-Team is learning he also had issues with town credit cards and petty cash.
"Did he resign because of the allegations… I can't answer that because he resigned. It may have been part of that," said Granby Town Manager Bill Smith about James Klase, who held the position as the Head of Granby's Public Works Department for ten years.
At the time of his resignation, Klase was under investigation for stealing diesel fuel from town pumps, which police say he admitted to.
However, there were also other incidents of Klase taking petty cash and other supplies. Police were notified of these allegations a month before Klase resigned by Smith. However now, Smith is denying these incidents occurred, saying he only knew about the fuel issue.
The police report stated Klase bought two laptops for himself and billed the town of Granby. He said he would pay the town back, but still hasn't. He also sold some scrap metal from a town construction site and only reimbursed the town the cash when he was asked.
Smith gave Klase two written warnings about the misconduct concerning petty cash, gas and using town items for personal use. Smith still says the only problem he knew about during Klase's tenure was the fuel issue.
Even though Granby police found and documented a number of issues, they have closed their investigation and are not pressing charges.
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