Official accused of falsifying water quality reports quits

September 19, 2016

SIDNEY, Iowa (AP) — A city official in southwest Iowa accused of falsifying drinking water quality tests for years has quit his post.

Radio station KMA reports (http://bit.ly/2d1Y9Xp ) that the Sidney City Council last week approved Mark Travis’ resignation as city administrator. It is effective Sept. 30. He’d been placed on paid administrative leave in July.

Travis has pleaded not guilty to charges of felonious misconduct in office and falsifying required water quality information. Fremont County authorities say Travis falsified monthly operation reports given to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 2009 to 2015.

Sidney Mayor Paul Hutt has said the department has never told the city its water wasn’t of drinking quality.

Travis’ trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 11.


Information from: KMA-AM, http://www.kmakkbz.com/kma

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