Wednesday, June 8, 2016

David Allen : Conflict of Interest and Misuse of Position In Outside Employment

David Allen has been proposed as the Fire Chief for Pensacola.  Previous to this proposed appointment, Allen served as the City Fire Marshal.  The role of the Fire Marshal in Pensacola per the Fire Department website are:

The Fire Prevention Bureau consists of the Fire Marshal, one Captain and one Lieutenant. Together the staff of the bureau carry out our mission statement. “Through education, investigation, engineering, and enforcement the Pensacola Fire Department is committed to protecting the members of the Pensacola Fire Department and the citizens and guests of the City of Pensacola”.  We implement the policies and programs that reduce the severity of emergencies, and prevent or minimize the loss of life, property and environmental damage. The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts fire inspections in commercial buildings for city and state licenses, certificates of occupancy, general fire safety inspections and acceptance testing of fire protection systems. Other duties include responding to both citizen and fire company officer complaints,  plan review for compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code, coordination of Knox box installations, in-service training for company officers, and public education presentations.

In addition to working full time with the City of Pensacola, Allen was employed by HDCC & Associates headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.

http://www.hdccfi.com/about/

In his HDCC biography it states:

David Allen
Fire Code & Systems Specialist
david@hdccfi.com   Fire Marshall David Allen has been serving the Pensacola Fire Department since 1988. David supervises code inspections for more than 3000 businesses in his area annually. He also provides code interpretations and conducts all plan reviews for his Department. As a graduate of Columbia Southern University, David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science along with an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Pensacola Junior College.

I have requested his forms 405 and or 406 regarding this outside employment.  The City has not provided them to date.

Issue?

Read the following Florida Commission on Ethics CEO 90-1:

 CEO 90-1 -- January 24, 1990
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES OPERATING
PRIVATE FIRE CONSULTATION SERVICE
To:      Mr. C. H. Duke, Chief, Director of Fire, Rescue, and Inspection Services Department, City of Miami
SUMMARY:
A prohibited conflict of interest would be created under Section 112.313(7), Florida Statutes, were an arson investigator in the fire prevention bureau of a municipal fire department to operate a private business providing fire consultation and expert witness services relating to incidents occurring outside the city.  The potential for clients of the business to have interests in other cases within the city, and the further potential for the subject employee to use information obtained through his public duties for the benefit of private clients, would present a continuing and frequently recurring conflict between his private interests and his public duties.  No prohibited conflict of interest would be created were a personnel officer in the management services division of the fire department to engage in such a business.  Such private activities would not present a conflict with his public duties, inasmuch as he would not conduct arson investigations or be in a position to obtain information through his public position which could be used for private benefit.  CEO 88-59 is referenced.

QUESTION:

Would a prohibited conflict of interest exist were an arson investigator and a personnel officer with a city fire department to operate a private fire consultation and expert witness service in areas outside the city?

Your question is answered in the affirmative with regard to the arson investigator and in the negative with regard to the personnel officer.


Draw your own conclusions.

David Allen is not the right person for this job!  The Department needs someone WITHOUT the history and baggage associated with decades inside the Department.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are they still going to consider confirming this guy? We the taxpayers just spent $65K on a secretive 3 month witch hunt that turned up NOTHING! In the last week Maren has revealed ethics violations, lack of integrity, unwillingness to take responsibility, self-centered attributes, and who knows what else FREE of charge. Hayward sure can pick 'em.

Fire Chief NO! Fired Chief, ABSOLUTELY!

Bring back the REAL CHIEFS! That assuming they would even be remotely interested in coming back to this circus.

Where is the consensus of "the men" on all of this? (*Crickets)

Anonymous said...

Sisson asked the council to keep an open mind and ignore rumors.

My mind has been opened and rumors substainiated.

Has the council's mind been opened?

Anonymous said...


My understanding is that a regular fireman is on call for 24 hours. They sleep in the fire house and get paid while they are sleeping. This means it only takes 2 days in each week to reach 40 hours, giving them 5 days off each week. Their pay is not very great and they have a lot of free time. This is why many of them have outside jobs. There is nothing wrong with this setup. Those outside jobs, however, should NEVER be concurrent with their time on duty.

David Allen, however, was the city's Fire Marshall. This is a 9 to 5, 40 hour per week job. He shouldn't be an employee of a company in Mobile and I wonder what his compensation has been from that company. Was he going on inspections and writing reports for HDCC during the time he was supposed to be on the city's time? Based on his previous comments I don't think that he would have a problem doing so.

By the way, check out the degree he has from Columbia Southern, a for-profit diploma mill located in that Ivy League city of Orange Beach, Alabama.

Anonymous said...

Lol at Hayward being concerned about ethics violations. If anything it strengthens his rationale for selection. A dirtbag who is surrounding himself with more dirtbags.