- Immediately and until the investigation is completed, you are not to contact or discuss this investigation with any City employee
- You are on Administrative Leave and must be available at the City's convenience during normal working hours should we contact/request to meet with you.
- You will not utilize a take home vehicle.
- You will not operate a City vehicle.
- You are to provide in this memorandum the number in which you can be reached during working hours
- You are prohibited from accessing, directly or through another user, any and all City mainframe or network computer systems containing any and all PFD information.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The Systematic Intentional Embarassment of Two Career Firefighters
Yesterday was another just another day for Interim Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Chief Joseph Glover. They were at their offices in the morning and left together to attend a previously scheduled meeting with Eric Olson. Nothing all together strange about that. One assumes it must be something the City leadership doesn't want in email. That's how things work in Pensacola, waste hundreds of dollars in labor time to keep from sending an email that a Citizen might get.
These two career firefighters walk out to the Chief's City vehicle and make the short drive over to City Hall. When they get there they are escorted to a room and met by Tracy Walsh, the Witness, and Assistant City Administrator Keith Wilkins who they had never met before.
Each man is given a letter, unsigned by any City official, on the Mayor's letterhead, informing them that they are being placed on administrative leave.
From: Keith Wilkins
Re: Administrative Leave
The City has been made aware of circumstances that require an investigation be completed within the Fire Department. Effective immediately, you are placed on Administrative Leave until otherwise directed. Your pay and benefits will remain unchanged during the investigation process.
Upon receipt of this memorandum you are required to return any/all City items issued through the City's Technology Resources Office, the Garage and the Human Resources Office. Specifically, this includes your City identification badge, fleet car keys, building access keys, cell phones, radios, laptops, pagers and/or any and all other items that would provide for your access to City facilities and property. Because you will be on leave with pay, you are expected to receive and return call or other forms of communication from City staff or their representatives until the investigation has been completed. If you have personal items you wish to collect from your office, you may contact me at 435-5627 and I will arrange their delivery.
Your restrictions are as follows:
Failure to comply with the restrictions outlined in this memorandum may subject you to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Through your signature below, you are acknowledging receipt of this memorandum.
With that 2 men that have spent their lives protecting and serving the Citizens of Pensacola were escorted from the building while two senior Hayward officials, the subject of their complaints, sat in their offices, not being placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, one dreaming of his bassett hound and the other looking for someone's boss to call.
The Chiefs were not even provided a ride. That's right...they had to look for a ride home.
And for what? They weren't even told!