Former Adams County Public Works director Leland Asay sentenced to 30 months in Quality Paving case

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By The Staff


BRIGHTON – Former Adams County Public Works director Leland Asay, 61, was sentenced Jan. 29 to 30 months in prison for his part in the Quality Paving case that bilked taxpayers of $1.8 million.

The sentencing, handed down by Senior District Court Judge Steven Shinn, was announced by the office of Adams County District Attorney Dave Young.

“We hope the investigation and sentence imposed in these cases begins to return the public's confidence in the system of government in Adams County,” Young said in a release announcing the sentencing.

Asay served as director of the Public Works Department between 2005 and 2008 during the time of multiple projects contracted by the county to Quality Paving – jobs that weren't completed despite the contract being renewed multiple times without reopening the bid to other private contractors.

Asay pled guilty in October 2012 to one Class-4 felony count of theft for ordering county vehicles and equipment to be used for Quality Paving-contracted construction jobs. His sentencing brings a close to the last criminal case in the corruption scandal.