Kenneth Naylor, the Department of Public Works employee who was stopped by police on Sept. 28 and found to have about $2,000 of city equipment in his pickup truck, has been fired.
“I reread the report [police report] and I was disturbed by it,” City Personnel Director Oscar Shelton said yesterday. In particular, Shelton said he was troubled that Naylor had taken gasoline from the city yard and told police that he planned to call in sick the following day so that he could use the equipment to clean up his yard.
Police had had the city yard under surveillance and watched Naylor unlock the gates and after about a half hour leave the premises. When stopped, he told police he was “borrowing” the equipment as allowed by the department, but had not informed his supervisor that he would be taking it.
“I wasn’t aware he had gasoline with him,” Shelton said of his first read of the police report. “You don’t return gasoline.”
He was also troubled by Naylor’s admission that he planned to call in sick.
“That’s a form of stealing, too,” said Shelton.
Shelton said Naylor was asked to come in and give his side of the story last Friday and following that visit Shelton made the decision to terminate him.
Police never arrested Naylor and as the department had allowed employees to borrow equipment, Police Chief Stephen McCartney said last week that the department would have difficulty making a case if an arrest was made at this time.
Initially, Naylor was suspended without pay.
Shelton said Naylor’s dismissal was effective as of Friday.
Naylor, who worked for the department for 13 years, is a West Warwick resident.