Miami Dade College Campus’ Top Safety Official Fired

MIAMI (CBS4)- The top public safety official at Miami Dade College’s West Campus in Doral was fired. The move comes after he was accused of selling textbooks from lost-and-found, according to a notice of termination.

Hector Pujadas, the West Campus assistant public safety chief, who has worked at the college for more than five years, was let go on Oct. 21, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

He is accused of selling back textbooks to the campus bookstore for prices ranging from $4 to $76 apiece between July 7 and Sept. 21. The six books were sold for a total of $271.75, according to documents in his personnel file.

But in a phone interview with the Herald, Pujadas said the books he sold were his.

“They have no proof,” said Pujadas, 39. “I don’t know what happened and I don’t care.”

According to the Herald, Pujadas was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 3 while Miami Dade College investigated. The assistant chief erased log entries for the books kept at lost-and-found, before selling them to the privately run campus bookstore, according to the termination document.

In an email to Clive Bridges, employee relations officer at the college human resources office, Pujadas stated that the books in question belonged to him — a collection that came from his stepdaughters and gifts from friends.


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