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ONLY ON WDRB: Oldham Co. Road Superintendent responds to allegations of misusing supplies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- An Oldham County, Ky. official is accused of misappropriating rock, salt and diesel. Oldham County Road Department Superintendent Lance Lashley is suspended with pay. An investigation is underway to figure out what happened to the road supplies.

Lashley says there were no discrepancies that he saw with the supplies.

Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele put Lashley on paid administrative leave on April 2. Voegele wouldn't get into the specifics about the rock and salt that were possibly misused. But he says diesel is used by all the snow plows. He didn't say how much is missing.

Lashley says, "It's hard to keep track of our fuel. The way our fuel system works, guys sign a sheet when they finish plowing or fill stuff up. We forget to sign the sheet including myself, so that's how we keep track of our fuel."

Voegele says putting Lashley on leave during an investigation is standard procedure. Lashley says the allegations came as a surprise and he's not sure who is behind it.  Lashley responds to the allegations and says, "It's not true. People who know me know it's not true. I'll fight it to the bitter end."

Lashley says his company cell phone has been taken away as Oldham County Police investigate. He manages nine full-time employees and five extra part-time employees in the winter.

Lashley says, "It's been the worst thing that's happened to me in my life. I'm not one to be in the spotlight. I hate the spotlight. If I had it to do all over again, I definitely wouldn't have taken this job. I like running equipment doing road work and stuff like that. I didn't plan to get involved in anything like this whatsoever."

No word on when the police investigation will be finished.

Lashley says, "They told me it was going to be over in 2-3 days, and now we're three weeks into it. I want it to be over with. If it comes to them getting rid of me...I want to be ready to move on. I want to be done with it."

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