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N.R. city official faces criminal investigation


NORTH RIDGEVILLE - The city`s service garage superintendent was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending the outcome of a criminal investigation that alleges he misappropriated public money, according to a Nov. 2 letter found in a review of Chris Rangus` personnel file.

Rangus, a North Ridgeville resident, has been the service garage superintendent for nearly four years.

However, upon returning to work from vacation last week he was told about the investigation being conducted by the North Ridgeville Police Department.

The letter addressed to Rangus from Mayor David Gillock said allegations have been made concerning the "misappropriation of public funds derived from the transfer of municipal assets."

He was immediately placed on leave and told he was prohibited from entering the service department office and facilities, accessing all city files and being on City Hall property unless instructed to do so by the administration.

He was also ordered to turn in his city-issued laptop computer, cell phone and all city files and documents in his position.

Mayor David Gillock said he could not comment on the allegations that prompted the investigation.

Once the investigation is complete, North Ridgeville Law Director Andrew Crites said the case will be sent over to the county prosecutor`s office to determine whether charges should be filed.

Rangus` personnel file did not reveal anything to explain the investigation.

Aside from his resume, employment application and the Nov. 2 letter regarding the investigation, the only other document in the file was an injury incident report from July 2005.

At that time, Rangus hurt his right knee and right shoulder when he tripped over a curb while checking a manhole.

Contact Lisa Robersonat 653-6268 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

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