Creston Water Department Manager Steve Green was suspended with pay Friday afternoon after an emergency Water Board meeting was called.
Lee McNichols, Creston Water Board member and spokesperson, cited "alleged irregularities" as the reason for the suspension of Green, who has been with the department 31 years.
McNichols said Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and officials with Iowa Auditor's office executed a search warrant at a garage owned by Green in Creston earlier Friday.
According to minutes of the meeting, water board members met at 1:30 p.m. Friday and went into executive session. At 1:38 p.m. they came out of executive session and approved a motion to place Green on "paid administrative leave pending review of outside legal counsel." The motion was approved unanimously by all board members — Chairman Dennis Bailey, Bill Stuart, Cathy Dryden, Kenneth Sharp and McNichols.
The board also voted to remove Green as an authorized signer on all bank accounts effective immediately and remove him as a signer on the company credit card.
Green was called to the meeting and Bailey told Green he had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation into alledged irregularities at the Creston City Water Works.
Water Works employees were also called to the meeting and told of the action by the board.
Board members were then assigned various tasks to secure water works business, including letters to all banks removing Green's name from all accounts at local banks, replacement of outside door locks at the water works office and taking possession of water works vehicle, keys, credit cards, cell phone and removal of all personal items from Green's office.
The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
McNichols said Green will remain on paid leave pending an investigation by the state auditor's office and DCI.
Neither Green nor Bailey could be reached for comment.