Remember, when the Mayor made his decision about the Chiefs, I stated that once it was done, the Mayor could no longer control the story and the spin. Lawyers, documents and depositions were in his future. Ashton Hayward...video depositions are coming to your future.
Well one question to be asked of Sisson, Van Sickle and Hayward, once again on video and under oath, surrounds the alleged shortfalls in the Fire Department hiring practices.
In his report, Van Sickle stated:
"Sisson identified that the most recent example of concerns over Schmitt and Glover’s alleged mismanagement issues from an HR perspective was Schmitt and Glover’s alleged failure to follow normal hiring protocol for the January 2016 hiring round for new firefighters.
During this investigation, all parties involved agreed that the normal hiring process was not followed for the January 2016 hiring process. The primary deviation was the failure to have the applicants interviewed, scored, and ranked by an interview panel of firefighters."
Van Sickle summarizes:
"I find that neither Schmitt nor Glover was attempting to manipulate the hiring process to include or exclude any particular applicant. However, Schmitt and Glover believed incorrectly they were capable of handling the hiring process without an interview panel and without any guidance from HR. They both used poor judgment to conduct the hiring process in a manner they both agreed had not been done before. Their handling of the hiring process, from not understanding the value of a panel taking notes and individually scoring potential new firefighters; from not taking notes of any substance; from not acting to score and rank them from January 21 to at least January 26, when the application of the statutory veteran’s preference finally dawned on at least Glover, showed that they were not actually capable of properly handling the process. Additionally, their failure to properly conduct this particular hiring round coincides in timing with a disturbing level of animosity each showed toward HR, which is evidence that they intentionally ignored the proper process under the mistaken belief that they knew better than anyone else how to approach a hiring round for new firefighters."
Mr. Van Sickle, let me bring to your attention firefighter Brandon Tibbett. You discussed him in your report. Here is what you said:
"Tibbett was the only candidate to successfully complete the program. Tibbett completed the PAT with the PFD on December 7, 2015, in coordination with Workman in HR. (December 7, 2015, email from Jester to Workman) The HR department, apparently without Sisson’s knowledge, allowed the background check completed for the apprenticeship program to be used in place of a new background check for hiring. Tibbett was not interviewed again prior to starting his employment with the City PFD. However, Tibbett was required to complete a new drug test and the medical exam screening. Tibbett started employment with the PFD on January 19, 2016."
New Hire Checklist:
- PAT Test...Check
- Background Check...Check
- Drug Test...Check
- Medical Test...Check