A 28-year Smithtown parks department worker has been demoted after a civil service officer ruled he drove a town vehicle for personal use and left work without permission.

Albert Boylan, 56, of Kings Park, was found guilty on May 20 on two charges of misconduct in a New York State Civil Service Law proceeding.

Boylan, a town maintenance crew leader whose annual salary was $99,953, was demoted to a nonsupervisory position as an auto mechanic III. The annual salary for that job is $80,912.

The demotion was effective June 2, the same day town board members voted 5-0 on the matter at a meeting. Boylan said he plans to appeal.

"It's not like I jumped the fence in the middle of the night and took the vehicle," he said in an interview June 10. "It's not like I murdered somebody, or stole it and committed a felony. . . . To be thrown under the bus like that . . . it hurts."

Town parks director Sandra Miranda said supervisors assign specific trucks to employees for daily work duties, but they are returned each day. Supervisors can use decommissioned vehicles, like the Chevrolet Blazer that Boylan drove, for work-related errands.

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According to the ruling, Boylan said he took the town Blazer home -- about a half-mile from the parks department office in Kings Park -- at the end of his Feb. 17 shift, because he was having problems with his own vehicle. On Feb. 18, he drove to work in one of his five personal vehicles and left the Blazer on his property instead of returning it, the ruling said.

A parks department worker who reported to Boylan advised him to return the vehicle on Feb. 18 and 19, to no avail, the ruling said. Boylan took the day off on Feb. 20, but returned the Blazer that evening. A public safety officer inspected it and found no visible damage.

On Feb. 24, Boylan left work early and called in sick the next two days. In an interview, Boylan said he left early because he was told by a parks department supervisor to sit and look out of a window, and couldn't clock in.

Hearing officer James P. Clark wrote in his May 20 finding that Boylan's conduct "cannot be justified or excused . . . Mr. Boylan's credibility as a supervisor, someone who is responsible for enforcing rules and regulations, has been irreparably undermined."

Miranda reprimanded Boylan in January after she learned that he got a ticket in Queens using a town vehicle during the day, when he was not on town business, the ruling found.