DPW Worker Fired For Theft Is Appealing Decision
Dec 18, 2017 03:24PM
By Bill Gilman
Dracut Town Hall
A DPW truck driver and president of the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union is appealing his termination by the town earlier this month.
George Metros, of Dracut, was fired for allegedly stealing approximately 150 pounds of copper piping from outside a local home in September, according to an article published by the Lowell Sun.
Metros had worked for the town 13 years and told The Sun he had never had a disciplinary incident previously. He said he is appealing his termination and believes his role as the local union president may be part of the reason he was fired.
Town Manager Jim Duggan told The Sun that Metros was fired for "unacceptable conduct."
The incident in question took place on Sept. 6 at a residence on Phineas Street. According to a Dracut Police investigation, Metros stopped his pickup truck at the house and took piping that had been in a barrel outside the home and loaded into his pickup truck.
When questioned by police, Metros told police he thought the piping was being thrown out.
According to investigators, the piping had a value of about $300. Metros said he sold it for around $50. The owner of the home agreed not to press charges against Metros in exchange for reimbursement of $150, according to the Lowell Sun article.