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Ex city official arrested Monday

Fired PW head charged in theft


Reeves Reeves Rockdale’s former Public Works director turned himself in to face a theft charge on Monday, five days after he was fired from that position.

Zach Reeves, 41, of Round Rock, turned himself in at the Rockdale Police Department at 9:09 a.m. t o face a charge of theft ($2,500 to $30,000) enhanced, was booked into the Milam County Jail Monday morning and released after posting $5,000 bail.

Reeves was fired Wednesday, July 5, by City Manager Chris Whittaker in the wake of an investigation by Rockdale police, who had said charges against Reeves were imminent.

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said the charge, a third-degree felony, involves the alleged theft of fuel and equipment for use with a personal vehicle.

PROBE—Newlin said the police investigation concluded that Reeves charged equipment valued at $2,300 to the city, and placed it on his personal vehicle, a pickup.

Newlin said that equipment included a push bumper, “headache rack” (also known as a truck rack, which is placed behind the window of a truck), LED lights and a leveling kit.

Also, according to Newlin, the charge alleges that during his tenure as Public Works Director, Reeves charged fuel for his personal vehicle to the city without authorization from the city.

Newlin said the allegations involving the equipment are “relatively recent,” while the fuel allegations date back to around August, 2016.

Reeves was completing his second year on the job. He was hired in June of 2015.

Rockdale’s Public Works Department, which encompasses streets, water, wastewater, parks and other areas, continues to function.

Questions concerning operation of the department are now being directed to City Manager Whittaker.

Whittaker said all city street and water projects continue on their regular schedule.


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