Public Works Director Denies Wrongdoing In Truck Repair

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County public works director Tom Vlach is denying allegations in a recent letter sent to local media outlets.

The letter with accompanying picture states that on March 12th, Vlach's personal truck was seen being repaired by the public works mechanics. The letter was written by people calling themselves "upset employees along with family members and friends." It claims Vlach used taxpayer money for the repairs.

Vlach told 13 news he did take it in to see what needed to be done, but he did not request or direct that his truck be repaired. He denies county funds were used to pay for a repair part.

"I was simply seeking advice regarding the severity of the problem so that I could make a decision as to what I wanted to do with it. The
truck was repaired unbeknownst to me," Vlach said.

Vlach says, about six weeks ago, he implemented a process to increase the accountability and production in the solid waste garage which he believes was not well received by some staff members.