Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Olson Interview by VanSickle

Russell VanSickle, "Independent Investigator", interviewed Eric Olson as part of the Chief's investigation.  Here are the highlights:

3/4/16 Teleconference
  • Olson was present at Fire Admin building on February 26
  • Olson claims to not have removed anything
  • Olson was there to speak on leadership... LOL
  • Olson claims he carried a black folder into and out of the building

3/8/16 Interview
  • VanSickle writes down the questions he wants to ask Olson but notes reflect he asks all of them but regarding the AM 1620 interview.  He just puts the question number 8.  Was it asked?
  • Olson (EO) stated: 
    • MS pay range is lower because MS never signed a K (contract) with the City.
    • Mystery to EO as to why he did not enter into K 
    • MS is making sufficient for his job position - still making more than others when including special duty pay
    • MS told EO that JG had a problem about his pay
    • MS told EO that JG thinks E Sisson is a racist
    • Sisson apologized to JG for actions surrounding Escarosa email
    • EO got updates on the apprenticeship program updates from JG only when EO pulled it out of JG
    • EO - I am out of this, HR is there if you need them & Dick Barker will find the money. This is a Fire Dept project & Fire Dept would be responsible
    • EO - Heard about rental car but didn't look into it
    • Deas - Sisson brought matter to EO, a PA for Deas demotion
    • MS sent a PA with a list of rules
    • EO - we can't demote someone with a clean record, no documentation, were not going to do it.
    • ES told EO looks like retaliation
    • EO told MS to give details on what EE did to violate the rules cited.
    • TOLD MS TO ISSUE WRITTEN REPRIMAND IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE ENOUGH RE: COURTESY & RESPECT
    • EO did review written reprimand documentation after it was already done.
    • Sisson does comp pay assessment for EE's including Fire Chiefs
    • NO REGULAR MEETINGS ONE ON ONE WITH FIRE CHIEFS Ad Hoc telephone or meeting
What does the above show?  Here are some takeaways:
  • Eric Olson used the fact that Matt Schmitt would not sign a contract as Interim Fire Chief, ONLY AS FULL TIME FIRE CHIEF, AGAINST HIM FINANCIALLY.
  • Mystery why?  BS  he knew why!
  • Schmitt told Eric Olson that Joe Glover thought Sisson was a racist and Eric Olson did NOTHING to look into it
  • Sisson admitted fault in the Escarosa matter but nothing was done once Sisson apologized.
  • Eric Olson denied the Deas demotion BUT APPROVED THE WRITTEN REPRIMAND acknowledging that SOME discipline of Deas was appropriate
  • Eric Olson is a terrible manager if he has no regular one on one meetings with his department heads.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

ERIC OLSON IS A LYING PIECE OF HUMAN WASTE. CITIZENS CANNOT WAIT WHEN THE DIRT COMES OUT ON HIM. WE PAY A SALARY OF 133,000 A YEAR FOR HIM TO SIT IN HIS OFFICE AND DO NOTHING, WHILE HIS BALD BULLDOG IS SITTING OUTSIDE HIS DOOR DOING NOTHING EXCEPT FOR EATING AT ITS DESK. IT'S A TRAGEDY AND IT'S SICKENING. FBI IS IN TOWN AS WE SPEAK DOING DEPOS!

Anonymous said...

Escarosa??

Anonymous said...

So, let me get this straight...Olson a.k.a. "Mr. We Want to Protect the Integrity of the Investigation", shows up at the fire station in the middle of the "independent" investigation to talk about of all things, LEADERSHIP? His mere presence in the midst of an ongoing investigation on employees who have pending EEO charges against him is unreal. To be that close to a situation he claims he was not involved in, seriously compromises the integrity of the entire inquiry. What a mess!

Anonymous said...

Maren, the more they try to cover up, the more they expose themselves. Keep up the good work, there are many City employees depending on you to bring out the truth.

Anonymous said...

Wait just a minute. I just got confused. I've read Van Sickle's report and it completely exonerated Deas of any wrongdoing. Now it comes out that Deas did not get demoted but Olson recommended a reprimand. I was under the impression that Van Sickle's report was only supposed to bring out the facts and not make a determination. Something definitely smells rotten in the state of Denmark.

Anonymous said...

Anybody who can not see the way this whole thing was set up is as blind as a bat. It seems like ever person involved in this conspiracy has screwed up. If the average Joe can easily pick this case apart and see through all the bs, wait until a half decent attorney dissects it. I'm still a little shocked at the lengths the City went to in order to fire these two men and publicly humiliate them. This really puts the city in a negative light. No matter how bad Hayward wants everyone to just move on, the implications are just too far reaching to ignore. Perhaps he believed that people wouldn't take such a big interest and that by the time it went to court he would be long gone anyway. The citizens of Pensacola ought to be outraged that their tax dollars essentially financed a conspiracy and a witch hunt on two public servants who have served the community for many years.