BRIGHTON -- The former director of Adams County's Public Works Department plead guilty to a felony theft charge of unlawful and unauthorized use of county trucks and services.
Leland Asay, 61, is to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 13. He is the last person to be charged in the Adams County Public Works/Quality Paving scandal.
Asay oversaw contracting for road paving and resurfacing as well as the use of county trucks and equipment. The scandal began in 2006 at the time Asay was the public works director.
“The investigation and prosecution of these cases has been an extensive process," Adams County District Attorney Don Quick said. "People don’t realize the amount of time and resources utilized to insure justice was realized. The efforts of Sheriff (Doug) Darr and his detectives Jeremy Whytock and Terry Miles, and prosecutors Dave Young and Jess Redman, are to be commended.”
Adams County juries found Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing's former president, Jerry Rhea, and its vice president, Dennis Coen, guilty of several theft-related felonies in separate trials. Rhea drew nine years and Coen 13 in the state Department of Corrections. Three others -- Heath Russo, a former Quality Resurfacing employee, Stacey Parkin, a former county public works employee and Sam Gomez, another former county public works employee -- plead guilty for their part in the case. Gomez is serving a four-year sentence in the Department of Corrections.
“It is our hope that the successful prosecution of these cases will instill faith and trust in local government from the citizens of Adams County,” said Deputy District Attorney Dave Young.