Former Edmond assistant fire chief's firing will go to arbitrator

Edmond City Manager Larry Stevens agreed Tuesday to allow former Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler to skip mediation and go directly to arbitration about his firing.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: November 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012

Wheeler was suspended after an accusation that 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.

An arbitrator will be chosen from a list of seven people. The sides will go back and forth striking names of potential arbitrators off the list until a single person is left, Moore said.

Hearing to be set

The arbitrator will hold an evidentiary hearing in which it will be decided whether to uphold the firing or give Wheeler his job back with back pay and benefits.

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.

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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