A former elected official and fire chief of a Northern Kentucky city has been indicted on charges stemming from his alleged theft of public funds.
Donald Lee Jobe, the former city of Bromley mayor and top firefighter, faces charges of abuse of public trust for stealing up to $10,000, as well as tampering with evidence and public records, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition and fraudulent use of a credit card.
The Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office announced the indictment Saturday in a statement.
The court documents allege:
* Jobe purchased computer parts that he claimed he would use to build a city computer. Instead, investigators found the parts had been used for Jobe’s gaming computer.
* He allegedly fabricated a story about the auditor telling him to seek $3,000 in city funds for his use as “petty cash.”
* He purchased machine parts claiming it was for a city tractor, but investigators found the parts were only for Honda and Ford vehicles. Jobe owns both types of vehicles. When asked about the Honda parts, Jobe said he’d purchased those for his vehicle but had mistakenly submitted it as a public expense.
* After another elected official asked Jobe about a $1,200 purchase on the city’s credit card, Jobe allegedly deposited $1,500 into the city’s account and asked the elected official if they were “good now.”
* Jobe also allegedly used public money to make purchases for remodeling at his house and concocted a story about a man named “AJ Alan” who had performed electrical work at a city building. But when investigators looked into the $2,200 expense, they found no AJ Alan worked at the electrical company Jobe listed.
Jobe had resigned as mayor in August 2017, about six months after search warrants were executed at his home. But Jobe remained in his position as the city’s fire chief until his arrest in October 2018.
During the investigation, authorities could not find receipts submitted by Jobe from a four-month span in 2016. The records were discovered in a safe in the mayor’s office.
Investigators concluded “Jobe removed the records in an effort to impair their availability to any investigation into Jobe’s use of city funds for personal enrichment or gain.”