Safety & Accident

Maricopa Police Officer Accused of Mismanaging Fleet

November 09, 2009

MARICOPA, AZ - A Maricopa Police Department sergeant recently underwent a nearly three-month investigation involving mismanagement of the police fleet, according to InMaricopa.com.

The alleged mismanagement of the police fleet occurred from September 2008 to March 2009 when Sgt. Aki Stant was temporarily assigned as fleet manager. During this time, it is alleged Stant failed to schedule and coordinate vehicles needing service due to factory recalls and failed to keep track of the vehicles' usage, reported InMaricopa.com.

A 62-page report documenting the investigation identified eight substantiated allegations brought forth against Stant, essentially focused on an inability to complete reports in a timely manner, mismanagement of the police fleet, and failure to repair weapons in a timely manner. The investigation found he had 196 of these reports in his in-box, awaiting approval; one of which was two months old.

Stant was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation from July 7 to Oct. 5, according to InMaricopa.com. The department recommended he receive a one-day suspension and be placed on 90-day probation, during which time if similar actions are repeated he could receive further disciplinary action.

 Stant is currently appealing the investigation findings, according to InMaricopa.com.

 

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