WEST BOUNTIFUL -- Lakeside golf pro Kelly Class has been placed on paid administrative leave by West Bountiful city pending an administrative investigation.
That, officials say, comes after city leaders were made aware of an accusation that Class made verbal threats to another city employee.
The administration investigation into the accusations is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
Class, an employee with the city for 19 years, was placed on leave a few weeks ago and has since obtained his own legal counsel, said West Bountiful Mayor Ken Romney.
An attempt to reach Class was unsuccessful. The city did not share the name of the attorney representing Class in this matter.
Class receives a yearly salary from the city of $56,000, not including health and retirement benefits.
Romney declined to say whether a criminal complaint against Class had been filed with West Bountiful police.
West Bountiful Police Chief Todd Hixson said the department is aware of and investigating the accusations against Class.
Lakeside, an 18-hole course at 1201 N. 1100 West, has been owned by West Bountiful city since the early 1980s.
But of late, the course's clubhouse has experienced sagging revenues, officials say, causing elected city leaders to look into realigning the management style of the course.
"Over the past couple of years, the golf course has been subsidized by the city," Romney said.
As a result, city officials have been making adjustments to prevent the course from draining taxpayers, he said.
Romney declined to specify whether the revenue concerns at the course were directly related to the accusations made against Class.
"With the economic downturn, we have had a lot of citizens concerned about the course and the city subsidizing the course," Romney said.
City leaders have discussed a wide range of options to improve revenues and decrease expenditures, including privatizing the management of the course or selling it, Romney said. City leaders are also trying to determine whether revenues would increase if the course were operated more efficiently.
There have been years when the city has not subsidized the course, Romney said, and other years when it has subsidized the course by as much as $150,000 a year.
The amount of subsidy the course has received for the past several years has been "quite high," Romney said, with the city subsidizing the course by $68,000 during the 2012 season.