Judge: CAL FIRE can impose tougher penalties after cheating scandal
Two of the three firefighters were able to quickly receive new promotions back to their previous rank of fire captain
The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An administrative law judge says California’s firefighting agency can impose tougher penalties than were originally sought against three firefighters accused of cheating to obtain promotions.
The three were demoted in January during a scandal at the agency’s training academy in Ione, east of Sacramento, in the wake of a brutal murder. But two of the three were able to quickly receive new promotions back to their previous rank of fire captain.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection withdrew the initial disciplinary charges and filed new ones alleging dishonesty and willful disobedience.
Administrative law judge Douglas Purdy ruled that the new charges are not improper double jeopardy. The ruling was disclosed Wednesday in response to a public records act request.
The firefighters now will face new discipline. Firefighters’ union president Mike Lopez says the firefighters will appeal.