WALTON, Ky. -- The former mayor of Walton, Ky., pleaded guilty Wednesday to pocketing money from the Boone County Water District.
Phil Trzop was charged with abuse of public trust after police said he sold scrap metal acquired during water line repairs and then kept some of the profits.
A judge sentenced him Wednesday to 60 days in jail.
Trzop, who was also the former Boone County Water District manager, was suspended without pay after being indicted in February.
The water district sold more than $30,000 in scrap metal over the past three years -- money that was supposed to be put in Boone County's general fund.
Deputies said Trzop used much of that money to pay his employees Christmas bonuses – but $10,000 was unaccounted for until Trzop confessed to having some of it at his home.
Police said Trzop buried the stolen funds in his backyard.
At Wednesday’s hearing, several people spoke on Trzop’s behalf asking the judge to put him on house arrest instead of jail.
Supporters spoke of positive efforts by Trzop in Boone County and how they believed his good deeds outweighed his bad.
But prosecutors wanted the former public servant to go to jail.
They said despite the fact he had repaid a large part of the $30,000 in question, he still broke the public trust.
Trzop has until Friday at 6 p.m. to turn himself in to Boone County authorities to began serving his jail time.
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