New Albany News

Plain Township maintenance employee resigns

Plain Township maintenance employee Bruce Gwinn last week resigned effective Nov. 30.

The township had scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Gwinn on Oct. 30. Gwinn, of Westerville, was found guilty Jan. 16 in Franklin County Municipal Court of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a violation of the township's personnel policy.

He was not in a township vehicle but Township Administrator Ben Collins said after the ruling, Gwinn no longer was allowed to operate township vehicles.

Gwinn has worked with Plain Township since 1997 and has been charged with operating a vehicle under the influence twice -- 2004 and this year -- in that time period, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.

The two sides agreed prior to the Oct. 30 hearing on a separation agreement, which allows Gwinn to be paid and receive benefits through Nov. 30. He will be compensated for accrued time off he has earned, as well.

Gwinn earned $19.98 per hour and the township paid $17,477.88 each year in benefits for him.

The maintenance department is down to one employee: Supervisor Bobby Pharris.

Maintenance employee Chris Mathis was fired at an Oct. 17 disciplinary hearing for being "absent without authorized leave."

Collins previously said the township will evaluate the positions needed before adding personnel to the maintenance department.

-- Lori Wince