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.