TULSA — A doctor who worked almost 12 years in the Oklahoma medical examiner's office was fired on violations of the policy on violence and weapons in the workplace.
Dr. Andrew Sibley, 50, was fired July 12 on violations of policies on employee conduct and unlawful discrimination and harassment.
“Oh, my God, that's absurd,” Sibley said of the reasons given for his dismissal. “These people, they just want me out is all. ... They're stretching things.”
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Monday released Sibley's termination letter.
The chief medical examiner, Dr. Eric Pfeifer, did not specify in the two-page letter how the policies were violated.
Most of the letter, though, focused on the policy on violence and weapons in the workplace.
“‘Weapon' means guns, knives, explosives, other items with the potential to inflict harm, or device with the potential to commit violence or is intended to be used to commit violence,” Pfeifer wrote.
“Unauthorized possession, display, or use of a weapon by an OCME employee may be considered an act or threat of violence. Signs stating that weapons are prohibited are posted at each entrance into all OCME facilities,” he wrote.
Sibley acknowledged he has taken a pocket knife to work “ever since I've been there.”
“I flip it around some times,” he said. “Jesus, it's Oklahoma, for God's sake.”
Also fired July 12 were investigator supervisor Brenda Kelley and administrative supervisor Ashley Hancock. All three employees in the Tulsa office had been on administrative leave since late May.
Kelley and Hancock were fired for unspecified violations of an employee conduct policy and a discrimination and harassment policy, according to their termination letters.