Former parks superintendent denies theft charge


PARIS — A former Rumford parks and recreation superintendent pleaded not guilty in the Oxford County Superior Court on Friday to a charge that he misappropriated $1,500 in municipal funds.

Timothy J. Gallant, 53, of Rainbow Lane in Roxbury, entered the plea at his arraignment. He is free on a $1,000 unsecured bail.

Gallant is accused of selling the town’s mechanical turf aerator and keeping the $1,500 for himself. The town bought the machine in 1990 to maintain fields. Gallant allegedly sold it in July 2007 when the town was replacing it with a newer one.

Rumford has a policy requiring the sale of town equipment be put up for bid. Capt. Dan Garbarini of the Rumford Police Department and Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Gallant never made any documentation for the sale.

Gallant became the parks superintendent in May 2007 and resigned last December. He was arrested in January, and a grand jury indicted him on the theft charge last month.

Gallant formerly served as director of buildings, grounds and transportation of SAD 43 in Dixfield before resigning. He was also a Roxbury selectman from 2003 to 2005.

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