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Bean suspends 3 firetruck repairmen



Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean announced the suspensions this afternoon of three county employees suspected of selling parts from firefighting vehicles for scrap.

The employees, who will be paid during their indefinite suspensions, include a supervisor who is a 22-year employee of the county. Each worked in the fleet maintenance division of Hillsborough County Fire-Rescue.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed to say we have that sort of thing going on," Bean said.

Bean's professional responsibility office is investigating the accusations and hasn't finalized its work, but the county administrator said she heard enough to seek the removal of the employees. The Sheriff's Office also is investigating.

The employees in question are senior equipment repair supervisor Jack Holley, who makes $66,227; mechanic Bob Hall, who makes $39,249; and tradeshelper Tim Cohee, who makes $20,592.

-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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