Rialto official seeks review
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/14/2011 05:18:00 PM PDT

RIALTO – Interim City Administrator Mark Kling has fired Rich Scanlon, a contract employee at Rialto Municipal Airport, and has asked the District Attorney’s Office to investigate hangar rentals at the airport.

Scanlon, who had formerly been director of aviation and solid waste management, was a city employee for some 30 years prior to his retirement in December. He began working on several airport-related projects as a contract employee in late January, Kling said.

In February, Robb Steel, Rialto community development director, brought Kling, who at that time was police chief, documents which he thought suggested financial irregularities at the airport.

Steel believed that some airport hangar rentals did not go to the redevelopment agency board as required by its guidelines, Kling said.

Steel had assumed Scanlon’s duties after his retirement.

Kling reviewed those documents and on Feb. 8, the City Council appointed him interim city administrator, in addition to his job as police chief.

Wearing the hat of city administrator, Kling said he fired Scanlon last month, then helped him remove some of his belongings from city offices.

Kling said he did not arrest Scanlon, nor did he handcuff him.

Scanlon could not be reached for comment.

Kling said he reported the irregularities personally to District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and asked for an investigation by the DA’s public integrity unit.

The matter was forwarded to the district attorney, Kling said, to maintain the city’s reputation and “ensure that we find out if there was criminal misconduct.”

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