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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Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler has been fired after being on paid administrative leave for nearly a year.

“Tim's employment was terminated for cause by me,” City Manager Larry Stevens said. “It would be inappropriate for me to say any more.”

Stevens would not comment on the reasons for the termination or why the city's criminal and administrative investigations lasted so long. He said the investigation did not lead to criminal charges.

Jim Moore, Wheeler's attorney, called the firing “ridiculous” and the investigation “shoddy.”

“It was a far-fetched allegation initiated by another employee who was being disciplined,” Moore said. “His reputation has been smeared for the last year, and now he has a chance to be heard.”

Wheeler plans to file a grievance with the local firefighters' union.

A grievance committee will determine whether Wheeler has a legitimate claim, which should go before an arbitrator who would rule whether he should get his job back.

Wheeler on Friday referred all questions to his attorney.

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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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