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August 18, 2008 1:10 pm

Second city employee charged with gas theft

Written by Tribune Staff

Father of previously charged employee
A second Powell city employee has been accused of stealing gasoline.
Bill Fields, head of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, has been accused of using a city gas card to buy fuel for himself.
He is being charged with misdemeanor theft by bailee — punishable by up to six months in jail and $750 in fines, in addition to any restitution sought, said Deputy County Attorney Tim Blatt.
Fields, 53, is accused of stealing about $127.32 worth of gas, Blatt said.
He was cited last Wednesday.
Fields is the father of Jason Fields, a Water Department employee who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny earlier this month.
Jason Fields allegedly used a city gas card for his own vehicles, court documents say. He was given six months of probation and a suspended jail sentence. Restitution has yet to be determined.
City Administrator Zane Logan said the city has procedures in place to deal with personnel issues.
“I'm in the middle of that right now,” he said.
Logan said he asked Powell police to investigate all departments for possible gas theft.
Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers said the charges against Bill Fields represent the end of the investigation.
Blatt noted that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Bill Fields is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today (Tuesday).