Two former City of Tucson Department of Transportation employees who used city equipment for side jobs were sentenced Thursday to jail and fined.

 Kurt Hough and Robert Palomarez were each given 60 days in Pima County jail and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.

Both Hough and Palomarez pleaded guilty to two counts of theft for their involvement in using city construction equipment and building material for private jobs.

They were among five Transportation Department workers who resigned or were fired in September after an investigation found they had done private construction jobs on city time.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey F. McGinley told the men their actions were a breach of the public trust place in them as city employees.

“Both Mr. Hough and Mr. Palomarez violated that trust in ways that can’t be measured,” McGinley said.

Hough and Palomarez also were given three years probation. Both will be eligible for work release during their jail sentences.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.