Landscape lands postmaster in hot water
EAGLE ” Eagle Postmaster Samuel McGibbon was arrested last week for allegedly paying his wife nearly $35,000 for landscaping and snow removal services at the Eagle Post Office that she never performed.
According to the arrest warrant filed in Eagle County District Court on May 9, Evelyn McGibbon, who also goes by Evelyn McNair, 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 U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General began building a case against Samuel McGibbon in July 2006, when the office received information that he was performing landscaping work at the Eagle Post office during work hours, even though a company was being paid to perform the duties, the arrest warrant affidavit says.
Postal investigators said photographs showed “there had been no noticeable landscaping conducted at the Eagle Post Office,” the affidavit says.
According to the warrant, Samuel McGibbon contracted with a company called Everclean Services. Four or five years ago, the company was launched by Evelyn McNair and operated from her Broomfield home address. Everclean has no regular clients and its sole contract is with the Eagle Post Office, the affidavit says.
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Evelyn McGibbon 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, the affidavit says.
Upon further questioning, however, she admitted that she intentionally attempted to conceal her relationship with the postmaster in order to prevent the contract from being denied, the affidavit says.
She also admitted that her husband assisted her in the preparation of her contract bids, the affidavit says.
The arrest warrant says the official postal service contract paperwork explicitly states that family members of U.S. Postal Service employees will not be considered as contractors.
Evelyn McGibbon told investigators that the company has no employees, although her son, Micah, did perform work at the Eagle Post Office, the affidavit says.
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, the affidavit says.
In his interview with investigators, McGibbon asserted that Everclean was the lowest bidder on the landscaping and snow removal contracts, the affidavit says.
However, McGibbon admitted that McNair was his wife, and that he had concealed that information from postal employees and supervisors, the affidavit says.
Eagle police officers 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. The Enterprise was unable to contact McGibbon for comment.
According to Al DeSarro, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, McGibbon was placed on leave without pay on May 11. Beginning Monday, Trudy Finan will take over duties as acting Postmaster for the Eagle office. She is currently the postmaster at Lake George.