Ex-Adams County employee pleads guilty to theft


BRIGHTON | A former Adams County public works director accused in a paving scandal has pleaded guilty to theft.

District Attorney Don Quick said Tuesday that Leland Asay pleaded guilty to theft for unlawful and unauthorized use of county trucks and employee services in March 2006.

Asay was one of seven people charged in a scheme in which Quality Paving and Quality Resurfacing allegedly billed the county for projects it never completed.

Former company owner Jerry Rhea was sentenced to nine years in prison and former executive Dennis Coen was sentenced to 13 years in prison for convictions on theft-related felonies.

Former Quality Resurfacing employee Heath Russo and former county employees Stacey Parkin and Sam Gomez pleaded guilty to theft. Parkin also pleaded guilty to official misconduct.

The seventh person was acquitted.