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Report in Steve Green investigation nearly finalized

Green, longtime Creston water department manager, was suspended in November 2012 for “alleged irregularities”

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:46 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:56 a.m. CDT

Will longtime Creston Water Department Manager Steve Green keep his job or be terminated?

That verdict will soon be revealed as Lee McNichols, water board chairman, said this morning the state auditor’s report is “all but finalized” and the water board is now speaking with its attorney to determine the proper course of action moving forward.

“The (water) board pretty much knows what is in the report,” McNichols said, “because we had an exit review with the state auditor investigating this case during a meeting last week. He went over the major details that will be in the report.”

Background

Green — employed at Creston Water Department for 31 years, including several years as department manager — was suspended in November 2012 when a Creston Water Board audit found “alleged irregularities” in the department.

The water board voted unanimously in November to place Green on paid administrative leave pending review by outside legal counsel.

Green remains on paid leave today pending the release of the state auditor’s report.

Steve Yarkosky was named interim water department manager in December 2011. He’s currently working double duty as interim general manager and water plant manager while Green is on paid leave.

Release of report

McNichols said the report should be released to the water board sometime this month. The report will then be released to the public 24 hours later.

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