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City foreman fired for plowing strip club lot on taxpayer dime

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A city snowplow truck driver was allegedly caught clearing snow from a strip club's parking lot on taxpayers' dime in the aftermath of the latest winter snow event. 

GARY — The city has fired the snowplow driver caught clearing snow from a Gary strip club parking lot at taxpayer expense, a municipal attorney confirmed Friday. 

Marcus Jones, a foreman with the Gary Parks Department, was fired Friday after an investigation determined he was the driver of a city-owned vehicle clearing snow at Honey's Gentlemen's Club, 8120 Melton Road, in the aftermath of the latest November snowfall, City Attorney Rodney Pol told The Times.

"Mr. Jones admitted to clearing snow at that location upon the request of a business owner," Pol said.

Pol said Jones' use of a city vehicle was determined to be a violation of the city's personnel manual "as a misuse of city property and a serious interference with the orderly operation of city business."  

A photo of a city vehicle in the parking lot of Honey's Gentlemen's Club began circulating Monday on Facebook. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson later confirmed to The Times the photo was connected to the incident.

The mayor addressed the incident earlier this week during a Gary Common Council meeting at the Genesis Convention Center. 

"It was brought to our attention late (Monday) that there was a city vehicle plowing on private property. It is a personnel matter that we handled expeditiously, and we take that seriously," Freeman-Wilson said.

Jones was hired by the city on Jan. 16, 2013, Pol said. 

Pol said Jones made $45,000 a year as a foreman and previously worked with the city's General Services under the Department of Public Works. According to Pol, as a foreman, Jones led, directed and oversaw staffing, operations and activities assigned to park maintenance crews.

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Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at lauren.cross@nwi.com or 219-933-3206.

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