Commissioners fire former highway superintendent

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

The former Pulaski County Highway Superintendent has been fired.

In an executive session on Feb. 25, the Pulaski County commissioners evaluated the performance of Ken Becker as the general manager of the county’s highway department. Becker’s performance review covered the period between time as Highway Superintendent and General Manager.

Becker, and administrative assistant Lin Morrison, have been the subject of community outrage after the pair was suspended without explanation.

According to WKVI Radio, the commissioners discovered that a number of Highway Department workers were misrepresenting their hours logged on the job. However last week, Becker told NewsCenter 16 that although those charges are somewhat true, the employees were still working away from their job sites.

While Becker was commended for recent positive changes at the department, the commissioners determined Becker was culpable for policy violations.

Officials say the issue at hand is whether Becker knew and followed the department’s policy book.

In a press release announcing Becker’s termination as a county employee, the Highway Department said “Mr. Becker has proved to be a hard working individual with a good deal of specialized ability. The performance review indicates that Mr. Becker was not the best option for the Highway department for going forward.”

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