A jury in Iowa has ruled that the Creston Water Works Board of Trustees owes its former general manager more than $77,000. The Omaha World-Herald reports 62-year old Steve Green, who was fired by the Board in June 2013, may end up being paid more than $154,000 altogether, including liquidated damages. Green was fired after the Iowa State Auditor’s Office released a report alleging Green took nearly $90,000 in improper or undocumented payments. Green’s attorney says the jury’s decision means they concluded the man had done nothing improper.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Green, in connection with the audit. Green sued the Board in late 2013, alleging a violation of Iowa’s wage laws, and Breach of Contract. He claimed that if he left the Water Works, he would be paid for accrued sick live and vacation hours, which the Board refused to pay. The suit also criticized the auditor’s report as being filled with unsubstantiated conclusions about each of the allegations.
The trial was held earlier this month, in Corydon. In its verdict announced Dec. 16th, the jury found that while the Board owes Green, Green also owed the Water Works $1,961 for excess money paid for the reimbursement of prescription drug expenses.
Green currently resides in the Okoboji area.