Former Rumford parks and recreation superintendent indicted

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RUMFORD — An Oxford County grand jury indicted former parks and recreation Superintendent Timothy J. Gallant on Friday on charge of felony theft.

Gallant, who resigned his town job in December, is accused of selling a piece of town equipment in 2007 and pocketing the $1,500. He will be arraigned at 8 a.m. May 14 in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

Gallant declined comment late Tuesday afternoon, but did say he wasn’t aware he’d been indicted.

Following a two-week investigation, Capt. Daniel Garbarini initially arrested the 52-year-old resident of 10 Rainbow Lane in Roxbury on Jan. 8 on a charge of felony theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. He was released on $1,000 unsecured bail.

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Gallant is accused of selling the Parks’ Department’s Jacobsen aerator, a refurbished field maintenance machine the town bought in 1990.

Town Manager Carlo Puiia said in January that the equipment had a fair market value of $3,500 when the town bought and replaced it with a newer aerator in July 2007, two months after Gallant was hired as parks’ superintendent.

Garbarini said in January that when the town was buying the new aerator, Gallant simultaneously sold the old one for $1,500 and kept the money.

Both Puiia and Garbarini said there was never any documentation of the sale. Puiia said Gallant wasn’t authorized to sell the equipment. Instead, Rumford has a purchasing policy requiring town equipment to go out to bid if being sold.

Before taking the job with Rumford, Gallant was the longtime director of buildings, grounds and transportation for SAD 43 in Dixfield before resigning. He was a Roxbury selectman from 2003 to June 2005 until he resigned, according to Sun Journal archives. He is a former member of the River Valley Growth Council.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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