Former Edmond assistant fire chief plans to file grievance over firing

After being on paid administrative leave for nearly a year, Edmond's Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler was fired for cause. City Manager Larry Stevens would not discuss the reasons for his termination.
by Diana Baldwin Published: October 5, 2012
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“I wish I could say something, but I can't right now,” Wheeler said.

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

Wheeler started to work for Edmond on Nov. 19, 2001. He had prior firefighting and police experience with Chickasha. He has 20 years' firefighting experience, which will go toward his retirement, Moore said.

Wheeler was suspended after an accusation he pointed a toy gun at another firefighter in May 2011, The Oklahoman was told.

The criminal investigation was completed by the end of October 2011, Moore said.

Findings from the police investigation were turned over to city leaders who gathered additional information, which resulted in the termination.

Moore said the exact cause for his firing is difficult to determine from the letter Wheeler received.

“They listed a bunch of things,” Moore said. “It is hard to tell which ones they relied on.”


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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