A Nevada city water employee has been charged with operating while under the influence, first offense.
The Nevada Police Department received some complaints Tuesday night, Aug. 20, that city water employee, Jeff Borer, 44, of Nevada, was going around to various residences saying he was there to collect water samples, said Police Chief Ricardo Martinez. The complaints, which came in around 9:15 p.m., stated Borer was driving a city truck and appeared to be impaired. An officer was sent to check out the situation and determined Borer to be under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the Story County Jail, Martinez said.
City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen said Borer had volunteered earlier that day to collect water samples after hours. City water employees will do this when they cannot get ahold of residents during the day. Borer was to be paid overtime to do this and was instructed to collect the samples from 6-7 p.m. Hansen said all the samples could have easily been taken during that time period. It is unclear why Borer was out so late, or what he had been doing during the 6-7 p.m. timeframe.
As a result of his charge, Borer was fired immediately, per city policy.
"Any positive test for alcohol while on duty is a Class III violation of the city’s Employee and Volunteer Handbook, which is a serious violation that results in immediate termination," Hansen said.
Borer had been a city employee since May 29.