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Public Works employees still not back at work

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PASCO, Wash. --  NBC Right Now continues to follow the future of eight Franklin County Public Works employees on paid administrative leave due to the ongoing investigation of the head accountant of the department, Dennis Huston.

Washington State Attorney General's office is conducting their own investigation for Huston,  but AG Deputy Chief of Staff  Janelle Guthrie says it is not under their jurisdiction to decide when the remaining employees go back to work.

Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck says by keeping the employees out of the office, the three concurrent  investigations will go much smoother and faster.

"The two state investigations, the criminal by the AG's office and the civil by the Auditor's office really are the ones that we're looking to, to give us the signal, when they feel completed enough of their work so that we can go back and bring people back.  We have not gotten that notice yet, we don't know when we will ," says Brad Peck, a Franklin County Commissioner.

  Huston is under investigation, suspected of embezzling more than a million dollars while working at the county public works department.  He was fired last week.  Peck says the leave is not an indication of guilt for the eight other employees.