February 9, 2016 2:00 p.m.
Oregon State Police are taking on an investigation into equipment that is missing from the Douglas County Public Works Department.
Last week fifteen employees in that department were put on paid administrative leave after it was determined that some equipment assigned to Public Works was missing.
Since the case potentially involves county workers, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office asked OSP to handle the investigation.
While OSP will now deal with what is being called a “criminal case”, the county did begin a forensic audit last Friday morning. Human Resources Director Michael Kurtz says the county wants to see if the missing equipment is an isolated situation or if there are larger problems that may be involved.
Other than confirming that OSP was taking on the case, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell said he could make no further comment on the situation.