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Joplin Metro

July 22, 2013

UPDATED: Fired city mechanic charged after property allegedly discovered in vehicle

JOPLIN, Mo. — A city mechanic was charged with misdemeanor theft and fired from his job in the city garage after he was stopped by Joplin Police and supplies believed to have belonged to the city were found in his vehicle.

Joplin Police said the investigation was begun last month at the request of the city manager.

The fired worker, Jeramy Jasperson, 38, was stopped by Joplin Police at 10:07 p.m. on June 24 after he finished his shift and left the city garage. Police said they found a case of oil and a bottle of refrigerant in his vehicle.

Lt. Matt Stewart at the Joplin Police Department said earlier that Jasperson has been charged with misdemeanor theft in Joplin Municipal Court but has not yet made a court appearance.

Property valued at less than $500 is the basis for the stealing charge, Stewart said.

In addition to the alleged theft, the city is investigating a separate matter in the building department of the public works department that City Manager Mark Rohr said in statement this morning has resulted in a loss of revenue to the city.

Rohr said personnel changes are being made.

Assistant City Manager Sam Anselm confirmed that the public works director, David Hertzberg, has been reassigned to a position as Community Development Block Grant project manager. Anselm will act as the interim public works director, he said.

Anselm said the city still has  pending personnel issues related to the issues in the public works department.

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