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One water worker to be rehired

One of three county water employees fired after they were accused of drinking in uniform after hours will be rehired, but two others will remain without county jobs. The Pinellas Unified Personnel Board voted 4-2 Thursday night to accept County Administrator Fred Marquis' plan to rehire former water system crew chief James A. Kubek but demote and transfer him to another department. Marquis also agreed to let two other workers, Michael J. Dean and Raymond H. Frease, resign instead of being fired. The trio were among a group of water department employees who were videotaped on five nights in August drinking at a Largo convenience store next to the county's water maintenance yard. The private investigator who shot the footage said that most of the men were drinking beer, and that some drove county trucks away afterward. The men acknowledged drinking but said it was after work hours and did not merit their firings.

Correction

In a photo caption on Page 1 of Friday's City Times, Ashley Manderville was identified as Lindsey Flynn and Lindsey Flynn was identified as Ashley Manderville.

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