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Rapp placed on leave before resigning

Press File Photo Skip Rapp, shown in this undated photo, allegedly took gift cards in violation of Dickinson ordinance. He resigned Monday.

After Dickinson's former public works manager received a written warning in May for violating city ordinance for accepting gifts, further investigation reveals it may not have been an isolated incident.

Skip Rapp, who's resignation as public works manager was effective Thursday, received a written warning in May for accepting three $50 Sears gift cards in 2006.

"It was an isolated incident and it was stupid," Rapp said in May. "Hopefully everybody learns from this mistake."

Rapp participated in ethics training and said he wanted to turn the incident into an educational experience, according to a previous Press article.

Prior to Rapp's Thursday resignation, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave June 25 after two chemical companies alleged he accepted more gifts than just the Sears cards.

An ongoing dispute between ATCO International, a specialty maintenance chemical product manufacturer, and RI-TEC Industrial Products, also a chemical provider, supplied the city with additional information, according to a city memo.

"New allegations and corroborating evidence from current and former ATCO employees indicated that the gifts Mr. Rapp received were much higher in quantity and breadth than originally alleged," according to the memo.

Such new allegations include acceptance of gift cards and other items from Wal-Mart, Bass Pro, Sears and Cabela's from 2002 through 2005, according to the memo.

Rapp admitted to receiving three Bass Pro gift cards as early as 2002, but could not recall the value of each card, according to the memo.

Other than the Sears cards, Rapp denied allegations of receiving gifts from the other companies.

"Further research into the Sears cards revealed they were all purchased in 2009, which contradicted his early claim that the Sears cards were received as far back as 2006/2007," according to the memo.

It is unclear the dollar amount Rapp allegedly received in gifts over the years.

Rapp was advised his administrative leave would continue until a decision was made regarding his future with the city, according to the memo.

When City Administrator Shawn Kessel returned to work Monday, he found an envelope from Rapp containing his resignation effective Thursday.

Though his end-date was made public Monday, Rapp told The Press his retirement was "personal" and it was "time to do something different."

"Mr. Rapp is currently willing to be hired as a consultant to Water Utility Manager (Jeff) Brezden after the effective date of his resignation," according to the memo.

Kessel declined additional comment Thursday evening prior to a media briefing at 10 a.m. today at City Hall.

Calls to Rapp went unreturned and calls to ATCO and Ri-Tec went unanswered Thursday evening.