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Dixon residents say city worker accused of stealing has to go

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Dixon resident Liandro Arellano Dixon resident Liandro Arellano
Public Works Director Shawn Ortgiesen Courtesy of City of Dixon Website Public Works Director Shawn Ortgiesen Courtesy of City of Dixon Website
DIXON (WREX) -

Roughly $13,000, that's what Dixon's Public Works Director Shawn Ortgiesen is accused of charging on a city credit card for personal expenses. This might end his career with the city.

Dixon leaders say he admitted to it. Plus, they claim he's already paid some of it back, but that's not good enough for some citizens.

"It's stealing and the decision to fire and prosecute should take about 10 seconds." -says one Dixon resident.

Shawn Ortgiesen's held his title for more than a decade. The city says he's racked up thousands of dollars in personal expenses starting in 2007. People in Dixon say, it reminds them of a recent, high-profile investigation of another city employee.

"This is different in the tense that Rita was definitely intending to steal our money, whereas this, besides a way smaller scale, he clearly marked that he intended to repay, he noted that it happened." -says Dixon Township resident and business owner Liandro Arellano, Jr.

Most who spoke up at Thursday's public hearing agree, Ortgiesen has to go.

"I don't think they should be able to keep him here after this. It's just the situation it's an impossible situation." -Arellano adds.

Arellano isn't pointing a finger of blame at any city leader for oversight.

"We need to do something different where we have full-time people looking at it, or we just need a full-time mayor who is paid a lot more and has some professional training. That's not a shot at Mayor Burke that's a shot at the whole system, the system's broken." -he explains.

Ortgiesen meets with city leaders in executive session to argue his case next week, April 18th 1 p.m. at City Hall.

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