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Gulf Rd. Trails - Grievance Letter - Francis - 08-06-08

Gulf Rd. Trails - Grievance Letter - Francis - 08-06-08

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Gulf Rd. Trails - Grievance Letter - Francis - 08-06-08

Recap: Fairly minor field observation not worthy of formal documentation. Supervisor advised. No report required okay'ed by supervisor.

Parks and Cooley see an opportunity and they bear down on Mede to impose a discipline when not necessary or required for the situation. ie; staff level initiation = formal reprimand per CBA. Mede discloses this initially, but Mede, Parks and Cooley later deny it and no one ever looked into that that I'm aware of.

I respond to Parks' email with my thoughts about it and my intent to 'grieve' the matter through the guild grievance process. Cooley, being the paragon of virtue and the epitome of moral standards that he is, calls this communication 'tantamount to insubordination.' ie; How dare you respond to a superior and have an opinion, along with some other comments calling my character and my integrity into question. Yah, from Cooley.

I file a formal grievance request through the WCS Deputies Guild which is then investigated by the guild grievance committee, the result of which is this memorandum which fairly summarizes the issue, from my guild rep.

This incident is really a nothing issue that has been wildly overblown into something else, which was to me an indicator that there was more at play here than just a simple field information report (FIR.)

That Parks and Cooley were in the middle of it and the denials about where the directive came from indicated to me what the real goals were,....a starting point for 'progressive discipline.'
Gulf Rd. Trails - Grievance Letter - Francis - 08-06-08

Recap: Fairly minor field observation not worthy of formal documentation. Supervisor advised. No report required okay'ed by supervisor.

Parks and Cooley see an opportunity and they bear down on Mede to impose a discipline when not necessary or required for the situation. ie; staff level initiation = formal reprimand per CBA. Mede discloses this initially, but Mede, Parks and Cooley later deny it and no one ever looked into that that I'm aware of.

I respond to Parks' email with my thoughts about it and my intent to 'grieve' the matter through the guild grievance process. Cooley, being the paragon of virtue and the epitome of moral standards that he is, calls this communication 'tantamount to insubordination.' ie; How dare you respond to a superior and have an opinion, along with some other comments calling my character and my integrity into question. Yah, from Cooley.

I file a formal grievance request through the WCS Deputies Guild which is then investigated by the guild grievance committee, the result of which is this memorandum which fairly summarizes the issue, from my guild rep.

This incident is really a nothing issue that has been wildly overblown into something else, which was to me an indicator that there was more at play here than just a simple field information report (FIR.)

That Parks and Cooley were in the middle of it and the denials about where the directive came from indicated to me what the real goals were,....a starting point for 'progressive discipline.'

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WHATCOM COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF’S GUILD
 MEMORANDUM 
TO: WHATCOM COUNTYFROM: GUILD GRIEVANCE COMMITTEEDATE: 08-06-08SUBJECT: GRIEVANCE-DEPUTY PAUL MURPHYTo whom it may concern,It was recently brought to the attention of the grievance committee that Deputy PaulMurphy received acounseling form for failing to document a suspicious circumstance,whichoccurred on 07-05-08, andwas a result of his own proactive patrol. DeputyMurphy was given the counseling form on 07-10-08 by his supervisor, Sgt. Kevin Mede.The counseling form appeared unnecessary as Deputy Murphybrought the circumstanceto the attention of Sgt. Mede on 07-08-08, afterDeputy Murphy investigated and deemedthe situation not suspicious and insufficient for documentation.In this specific case,Deputy Murphy would understandably be the one to make such a decision considering itwas based on his activity in the first place and he was more familiar with thecircumstances than anyone else involved.Deputy Murphy further advised Sgt. Mede thathe nonetheless planned to notifyCrime Analyst Kope and Sgt. Chadwick.DeputyMurphy followed his chain of command and was not instructed to document thecircumstance by his supervisor as it did not appear suspicious.However,Deputy Murphy received an e-mail from Chief Parks on 07-09-08 in whichChief Parks asked that Deputy Murphy document the circumstances. The e-mailincluded a directive previously sent to all WCSO personnel indicating that circumstances,such as those observed by Deputy Murphy, are deserving of documentation. Later thatday, Deputy Murphy sent an e-mail to Chief Parks indicating that he received themessage and would comply. The next day, Deputy Murphy documented the incident.Despite the e-mail from Chief Parks, which appeared to address the minor violation andappeared to suffice as a form of documented counseling, Deputy Murphystillreceivedthecounseling form.According to Chapter 28.2.3 in the Whatcom County Sheriff Rules and Regulationsmanual,
a minor violation is classified as Class II, or “Administrative Inquiries,” and“…are not considered formal discipline.”
However
, “…a lengthy history of minor violations may become the subject of a charge that could…result in economic loss...”

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