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Postmaster faces misconduct charge

Pam BoydEagle County correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE Police arrested Eagle Postmaster Samuel McGibbon on charges of felony theft, failure to disclose a conflict of interest and first-degree official misconduct.The charges stem from allegations of McGibbon paying his wife nearly $35,000 for landscaping and snow removal services at the Eagle Post Office, which she never performed.According to the arrest warrant, the charges relate to McGibbon improperly awarding a contract to his wife, Evelyn. According to the arrest affidavit, Evelyn McGibbon agreed that she had been paid nearly $50,000 for “doing nothing more than submitting monthly invoices for contracts at the Eagle Post Office.”The arrest warrant affidavit states that the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, began building a case against McGibbon in July 2006, when the office received information that McGibbon was performing landscaping work at the Eagle Post Office during work hours, even though a company was being paid to perform the duties. Postal investigators noted they had photographs showing “there had been no noticeable landscaping conducted at the Eagle Post Office.”According to the warrant, Samuel McGibbon contracted with Everclean Services. Evelyn McNair launched the company four or five years ago and operated it from her Broomfield home address. Everclean reportedly has no regular clients and only one contract, the one with the Eagle Post Office.Evelyn told investigators she opened the business under the name McNair because she and her husband are separated and she wanted to keep the business relationship separate. Upon further questioning, however, she admitted that she intentionally attempted to conceal her relationship with the postmaster in order to prevent denial of the contract. She also admitted that her husband assisted her in the preparation of her contract bids. The arrest warrant notes that the official postal service contract paperwork explicitly states that family members of USFS employees will not be considered as contractors. Evelyn McGibbon reportedly told investigators that the company has no employees, although her son, Micah, did perform work at the post office. She was unable to provide records regarding where her son rented snow removal equipment, but postal investigators were able to provide documentation of Everclean sending out bills in advance for the snow removal services it allegedly performed.The warrant notes that, McGibbon told investigators that Everclean was the lowest bidder on the landscaping and snow removal contracts. However, Samuel McGibbon admitted that Evelyn was his wife, and that he had concealed that information from postal employees and supervisors. Eagle police executed the arrest warrant on May 10, and McGibbon was charged with theft, failure to disclose a conflict of interest and first-degree official misconduct. He is free on a $15,000 bond. McGibbon was not available for comment for comment.According to Al DeSarro, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, McGibbon was placed on leave without pay effective Friday, May 11. That will continue pending the outcome of the legal case and the USPS internal investigation.

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