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County leaders seek accountability in gas theft

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Commissioner Sisk is looking into installing more security cameras at county gas pumps. Commissioner Sisk is looking into installing more security cameras at county gas pumps.

A Madison County Commissioner said he's ready to get to the bottom of whether some county employees are ripping off taxpayers and stealing gas.

Wednesday, multiple Madison County Commissioners discussed putting cameras up after accusations surfaced some employees are going to the county's pumps for their own personal use.

Commissioner Eddie Sisk spent Thursday afternoon getting estimates on how much it will cost to put up security cameras at county pumps. Sisk said he's serious about these accusations and wants to make sure all employees are accountable.

Sisk had a security company come to look into installing multiple security cameras at offices in Brownsboro and New Hope. A limited number of county pumps already have security cameras and commissioners said that's how they already caught two employees stealing gas.

The concern, Sisk said, isn't employees coming in and filling up during normal business hours, but what happens after-hours and on the weekends, when people aren't around and watching what's going on.

"There's a lot of different departments that have keys to our gates to go in and fill up vehicles and we have no accountability," he said. "On the weekends when you unlock that gate, nobody is there and you never know what is taking place."

Sisk added that the current setup makes it easy for theft to occur.

"You pull up, swipe your card, fill up your truck... you've got a can in the back, you pump up your can and drive out of the gate. Nobody knows that you filled that can up," he said.

We reached out to the attorney for the county, Jeff Rich, and asked for comment on several questions: who are the employees accused of stealing gas, what department or departments do they work in, are they still working for the county, and are they facing prosecution?

The attorney has not yet gotten back with responses to those questions.

Madison County's current policies differ from those of Limestone and Morgan Counties. The neighboring counties have employees enter odometer numbers and their identification numbers, as well as other checks and balances in order to make sure people are not fueling up more than they should.

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