District Attorney Don Quick announced today that former Director of the Public Works Department for Adams County, Leland Asay (DOB: 04/13/1951) entered a guilty plea to Theft (F4) for unlawful and unauthorized use of Adams County trucks and employee services in March 2006. As the Director of Public Works, Asay oversaw both the contracting for road paving and resurfacing, as well as the use of County trucks and equipment. Asay was the last person charged in the Adams County Public Works/Quality Paving thefts and corruption.
DA Quick states “The investigation and prosecution of these cases has been an extensive process. People don’t realize the amount of time and resources utilized to insure justice was realized. The efforts of Sheriff Darr and his detectives Jeremy Whytock and Terry Miles, and prosecutors Dave Young and Jess Redman, are to be commended.”
The former President and Owner of Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing, Jerry Rhea, and the former Vice-President of Quality Paving, Dennis Coen, were found guilty by Adams County jurors in separate trials for numerous theft related felonies. Rhea was sentenced to nine years and Coen received a 13 year sentence to the Department of Corrections. Three others pled guilty for their involvement in the public corruption: Heath Russo, former Quality Resurfacing employee pled guilty to Theft of $20,000 or more (F3) and Theft (M1); Stacey Parkin, former Adams County Public Works employee, pled guilty to Theft of $20,000 or more (F3) and Official Misconduct (M2); Sam Gomez, former Adams County Public Works employee, entered a guilty plea to two counts of theft (F3) and was sentenced to four years in DOC.
Chief Trial Deputy Dave Young states “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.”
Asay is scheduled for sentencing on January 29, 2013, 9:30 AM in Adams County District Court.