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Lott upholds Reddish termination

ALBANY, Ga.: Albany's City Manager has upheld the airport director's recommendation for termination of an employee who contends he had permission to take scraps leftover from an airport building project.

In a letter released Thursday after a request from the Albany Herald, City Manager Alfred Lott wrote that after reviewing the case presented at employee Sean Reddish's termination appeal hearing, he had decided to sustain Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director Yvette Aehle's recommendation for termination.

Reddish is facing felony theft charges after he took materials left over from a lighting and signage project at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport and sold it at a local scrap metal company.

He, through his attorney Phil Cannon, maintains that he had permission from the contractor to collect the excess materials and that he has done nothing improper or criminal.

Nov. 2, Reddish was indicted by a grand jury for theft by taking and theft by deception.

Reddish has never denied that he collected the materials and hauled them away from the airport, but has always said he had permission to do so.

Lott offered no reason in his letter to Cannon Thursday. He was unavailable for comment on Thursday and won't return to the office until Monday, his administrative assistant said.