Former North Pole supervisor charged with theft of services

Troopers say accused allowed city employee to help him build his house

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2003

FAIRBANKS - A former North Pole utilities supervisor is accused of allowing a city employee to help him build his new house on city time and failing to pay for six months worth of city water and sewer services.

Randy Johnson, who was fired Tuesday, is facing criminal charges.

Johnson, 48, was placed on paid administrative leave in June after being indicted on two felony counts of theft of services and four misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and tampering with public records.

Alaska State Troopers said evidence uncovered during an investigation indicated that Johnson allowed the city employee to work on his house last summer.

Trooper Investigator Scott Johnson said tampering with public records could occur when an individual knows information in a public record is incorrect and doesn't correct it.

Official misconduct is based on individuals exercising their official authority improperly for their own benefit.

North Pole city officials initiated an investigation last November after receiving some complaints, but turned the matter over to troopers.

Johnson, an 11-year city employee, has pleaded innocent to the charges and faces trial this fall.

In 1997, while on the city payroll, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

"Any termination of a city employee is not taken lightly, but is a careful deliberation," Mayor Jeff Jacobson told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

"The ultimate goal is to improve the organization and do what is best for the city," Jacobson said. "Sometimes that results in a personal loss for an individual and his family. And on a personal level the loss of a job affects the individual and his family, which is unfortunate."

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