Former Beloit official hired by Janesville officials
JANESVILLE--Both Janesville and Beloit city managers are confident a former Beloit official who resigned after a subordinate stole money will do a fine job as Janesville’s utility director.
Dave Botts began his new job Monday. He will be paid $99,000 a year. Botts replaces Dan Lynch, who retired last year.
Botts in 2011 resigned his job as director of public works in Beloit after investigations into thefts by a former subordinate.
Tim Kosier, a former Beloit water supervisor, earlier this month pleaded guilty in federal court to theft and conversion of government funds. He is accused of stealing between $400,000 and $1 million between 2009 and 2011 by buying items with city money for his own use and for his residential heating and cooling business.
Kosier will be sentenced May 9 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution to the city of Beloit in an amount to be determined before sentencing.
Arft said previously that Beloit’s purchasing policy requires department heads to approve purchases over $50, but that wasn’t being done in the water resources division.
Janesville Manager Eric Levitt said he is convinced Botts will do a good job in Janesville, noting Botts’ 20 years experience in Beloit. Kosier did not report directly to Botts, and the thefts appeared to be related to controls on purchasing, Levitt said.
For a full story, read Friday’s Gazette, read online in the Gazette’s E-Edition or check back at GazetteXtra.com.