(10-21-21) Two Portland (Indiana) Board of Works street department employees, Ryan Edmundson and Ted Ferguson, were terminated for negligence this week. Following an hour-long Board executive session. Their termination is effective immediately. The decision
to terminate both employees was unanimous.

The incident took place on October.7th. resulting in an injury to another employee, Brandon Swoveland, of the street department. At the time of his injury Swoveland was grabbing materials out of the back of a pickup truck near the department building at 215 S. Wayne St. in Portland. He was standing on the tailgate when Edmundson and Ferguson began moving the truck,causing Swoveland to fall out of it.

The impact from falling from the truck caused significant injuries to both Swoveland’s left wrist and arm, the injuries will cause him to miss at least three or four months,

Ferguson had ten years experience, while Edmundson was employed for almost two years.