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Remarks result in Oklahoma DHS worker’s dismissal

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: October 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm •  Published: October 26, 2008
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/> "When, through audits and investigations, we find employees who violate that public trust, we use the appropriate levels of employee disciplines to correct behaviors,” he said.

Other unusual cases

• Another Tulsa shelter worker, Rex Puckett, was suspended without pay for 10 days for using a necktie to secure an infant seat in a car before taking an 11-month-old child to the hospital. Puckett, who is no longer at the shelter, declined comment.


• A Comanche County child-welfare worker, Lebron Copeland, was suspended for five days without pay for sending graphic e-mails on a DHS computer to a co-worker and for lying. He sent a sexually explicit e-mail to the county DHS director by mistake, then claimed it was intended for his wife, records show. He later admitted it "was meant for the co-worker.” Copeland declined comment.


• A Craig County child-welfare specialist, Jamie Veysey, was suspended without pay for 15 days for neglect of duty after a child died. The medically fragile 3-year-old boy died in March 2007, a month after he was placed back with his mother, even though she failed at reunification before and had no job, phone or car. Veysey is challenging the discipline and declined comment.


• Two nurses at a DHS center for the mentally disabled in Pauls Valley were suspended for five days without pay for failing to try to revive a resident who was found in bed not breathing, cold and with no pulse. One nurse said, "Why? He’s gone,” when a direct-care specialist suggested CPR, according to the records. The resident’s death later was determined to be from respiratory failure. The nurses, Geneva Germany and Nancy L. Hobbs, could not be reached for comment. Hobbs no longer works at the center.

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