Pasadena City College has fired Rick Van Pelt this week after after allegations of bribery were leveled against him and his business partner. Van Pelt was the facilities manager at Pasadena City College. He was also the former facilities manager for the Ambassador Campus in Pasadena.
Van Pelt was fired because he failed to reveal he had formed the company while on PCC payroll. Van Pelts termination cannot be contested.
Pasadena City College brass moved to tighten oversight and hiring policies this week after firing Vice President of Administrative Services Richard van Pelt, one of two college administrators facing a bribery probe.
Van Pelt and school facilities supervisor Al Hutchings were operating a company together, Sustainagistics LLC, without the school's knowledge. Using that company, the two may have been doing business with firms they hired to perform work at the college, according to PCC President Mark Rocha. On June 7, investigators with the Public Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office raided the offices and homes of van Pelt and Hutchings.
On Wednesday, college trustees voted to fire van Pelt, who was the school's top financial executive.
---------------The college will also break up the administrative services department — where van Pelt previously oversaw the school's budget, maintenance and construction of facilities, accounting, purchasing and even the campus bookstore and police — by hiring an independent facilities director reporting directly to Rocha, he said.