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Thursday, July 26, 2012

RRU: Fired Cal Fire captain retroactively resigns

 Who: Cal Fire captain Arthur Gonzalez, who worked at Station 18 on Mission Boulevard, Jurupa Valley has been allowed to retroactively resign after he appealed his dismissal for submitting incorrect time sheets.
 Why: Gonzalez was fired Feb. 11, 2011, for submitting incorrect time sheets after a battalion chief found inaccuracies with the amount of time Gonzalez claimed to have worked, according to Ginevra K. Chandler, chief counsel for Cal Fire.
What: Gonzalez appealed the action, and his attorney and Cal Fire reached a settlement before the scheduled hearing this summer. The terms of the settlement prohibit Gonzalez from ever seeking employment with Cal Fire again.
 Also, Cal Fire agreed to remove all documents related to this case from Gonzalez’s personnel file, and Gonzalez dropped his appeal.  Gonzalez was represented by John Bakhit of Upland-based Lackie, Dammeier and McGill, which specializes in representing public safety employees. Gonzalez hired Bakhit after his first attorney was barred from practicing law in California

 Former Cal Fire captain Arthur Gonzalez,  worked at Station 18 on Mission Boulevard, Jurupa Valley John Hawkins, chief of the Riverside unit, said the Gonzalez case prompted him to order a review of 13 months of time sheets of about 1,200 employees in Cal Fire Riverside unit. 
What Else: A firefighter based in El Cerrito south of Corona received a letter of warning, and a firefighter in Desert Center was demoted.

California Fire News 2012 


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