PITTSFIELD -- Three city highway department employees have been suspended from their jobs amid an ongoing investigation into missing diesel fuel and other material.

Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi confirmed Thursday that three people have been suspended following a period of monitoring and investigation by a management team. He declined to name those suspended or specify their departments, because the matter involves a personnel issue.

Police Chief Michael J. Wynn said there is an open police investigation into the matter but declined further comment at this time.

Bianchi wouldn't discuss specifics of the incident or incidents but said court action is a possibility as a result of the investigation. He added that the suspensions won't result in crews being shorthanded in carrying out work for the city.

According to sources, the investigation is focused on the highway department and in part on a significant amount of missing diesel fuel and other material. The employees were escorted from city property.

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