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  • County 911 director suspended without pay

  • The Crawford County Commission suspended 911 Director John Gagliardo on Wednesday in the aftermath of charges that Gagliardo and Washington Electronics owner George Washington committed attempted mail and wire fraud.

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  • The Crawford County Commission suspended 911 Director John Gagliardo on Wednesday in the aftermath of charges that Gagliardo and Washington Electronics owner George Washington committed attempted mail and wire fraud.
    Gagliardo was suspended without pay from his role as 911 director immediately pending the outcome of the criminal cases against him. The county also dismissed Gagliardo as assistant emergency manager for the county and as a member of the county zoning board effective immediately.
    Commissioner Tom Moody spoke briefly as he opened the special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
    “I’m sure, as you gentlemen are aware, that there are questions that need answered as far as the commission goes,” Moody said.
    Commissioners then went into an executive session for 30 minutes with Crawford County Counselor Jim Emerson, and then entered another 30-minute executive session with Emerson and also with Sheriff Dan Peak.
    Upon emerging from executive session, three commissioners took turns making motions to suspend and dismiss Gagliardo from his various roles.
    Gagliardo, alongside George Washington, owner of Washington Electronics, were charged last week with two counts each of attempted mail fraud and two counts each of attempted wire fraud. Gagliardo is additionally charged with 10 counts of making false statements to an FBI investigator.
    The charges stem from September 2010 to March 2011. Gagliardo and Washington are accused of submitting bids for both Washington Electronics and for allegedly fake companies, K-Communications and K-Sirens, both of Scammon, in order to secure low bids for 911 Wireless Enhancement Grants offered through the state funded by state and federal dollars.
    The first appearance in court for these charges is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on June 12 in Wichita.
    After the motions were approved, commissioners spoke briefly in open session before closing the meeting.
    “It’s a shame it came to this,” Moody said.
    “He’s innocent until proven guilty,” said Commissioner Carl Wood. “I hope he’s innocent, because he’s done a lot for this county.”
    “On the other hand, we’ve got the citizens of this county we’ve got to look out for,” Moody said.
    Commissioners said after the meeting that it’s undetermined if the county will change its policies regarding the bid process, particularly Washington Electronics.
    “Every bid will be scrutinized more at this point,” Moody said.
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