Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce was indicted Wednesday on charges that include theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards.
Pierce was seen as a loyal city employee, and the accusations surprised city officials.
“I had a lot of confidence in Tom’s ability and the job he was doing for the city,” Mayor James Watts said. “When it all came up, certainly, it was a shock. But again, we had to do what is in the best interest of not only our employees but the city of Rockwood.”