Tony Slone charged with theft of service; placed on unpaid administrative leave
GALION — A City of Galion employee was placed on unpaid administrative leave today after being served with a summons Wednesday by the Galion Police Department.
Tony Slone, superintendent of the city’s electric department, is accused of receiving stolen property. A electric meter had allegedly been bypassed at Slone’s Galion home.
The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor and Slone is expected to make his initial appearance in court Tuesday in Bucyrus.
“Tony let us know as soon as the summons was delivered, and at that time he was put on paid administrative leave,” said Mayor Tom O’Leary on Monday afternoon.
On Thursday morning, the decision was made to put Slone on unpaid leave. That change occurred at 7 a.m. Thursday.
“Depending on what happens during his appearance in court Tuesday, that status may change,” O’Leary said.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office did the investigation after the allegations became public several weeks ago.
The results of that investigation were turned over to David Keller, the assistant director of law for the city, who also is a prosecutor in Crawford County Municipal Court’s Eastern Division.