Edmond fire official's arbitration hearing comes to close; future remains unclear

The arbitration hearing for former Edmond Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler has ended. Wheeler was suspended after an accusation was made that he pointed a toy gun at another firefighter in May 2011.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: June 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm •  Published: June 29, 2013
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An arbitration hearing over an employment dispute between the city of Edmond and a former fire official has ended, and each side has until Aug. 5 to submit post-hearing briefs before a final decision is handed down.

The arbitration hearing for former Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler was held two days in April and one day this week. The hearing was not open to the public.

Jim Moore, Wheeler's attorney, called the hearing lengthy with a large amount of paperwork.

“I will reserve comment on the quality of it,” Moore said. “I don't think the evidence supported termination.”

Eight witnesses for the city and two for Wheeler testified in secret over the three days.

Once the post-hearing briefs are completed, the arbitrator will hand down a decision within 60 days.

City officials did not comment Friday.

“We are waiting for the arbitrator's ruling, and it would be inappropriate to make a comment concerning a process that has not been completed,” said City Manager Larry Stevens.

Wheeler was put on paid administrative leave Oct. 7, 2011. He continued to earn a salary of more than $100,000 a year until Oct. 1 — six days short of a year.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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