Former Ontario town water superintendent arrested

October 11, 2017 11:32 PM

A former Town of Ontario employee is facing multiple charges following a yearlong investigation.

On Oct. 10, state police arrested 59=year-old Rodney Peets, the former Ontario town water superintendent. The state comptroller's office says Peet didn't fix water leaks in the town's system and faked reports to cover up water loss.

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Peets was charged with six counts of offering a false instrument for filing, six counts of tampering with a public record, and three counts of official misconduct.

"In this case we’re dealing with a public official who has a duty to the taxpayers to be accountable for his actions and say what happened," says Nelson Sheingold, NYS Comptroller’s Office.

He adds, “It was a rather major leak and unfortunately the issue wasn’t properly identified and corrected. When the missing water came to light and Mr. Peets was called to task to account for the water, he bluntly fudged the records."

Sheingold says Peets action came to light after the town supervisor notified the state comptroller's office and state police. The investigation took a year.

"Irregardless of your status, you shouldn't be omitted from anything," says Patrick Terrana, Ontario resident. "If you do wrong you should be held accountable."

We talked with neighbors as they were coming out of a local grocery store.

"It’s totally unfair," says Lisa Devlin, Williamson resident. "It would be me at work. If I didn’t do what I’m supposed to do, I wouldn’t expect to get paid. I wouldn’t expect my customers to be happy with me and I would expect to get yelled at a lot and I would face consequences with my upper management for not doing my job."

Peets was appointed as water superintendent in 2009. The comptroller's office is looking to quantify the cost of this alleged negligence to taxpayers.

He is scheduled to appear in court next week.


Lynette Adams

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