Navarro gets 1-week suspension for Gloriod endorsement
City Manager Lorne Kramer has placed Fire Chief Manuel Navarro on suspension without pay Aug. 21-29 - a penalty for
having violated city personnel policies in publicly supporting losing District 3 county commissioner candidate Jack Gloriod.
“Accountability is at the very foundation of the core values that this organization lives by, and the rules apply to every employee,” Kramer said.
He announced his decision at a press conference Friday, Aug. 20, adding that Deputy Chief Robert Weller would serve as acting fire chief until Navarro returns to duty August 30.
Kramer said Navarro violated the City Policies and Procedure Manual, Section 42, which states that employees must not use the authority of their positions to actively support a ballot issue or candidate for election.
The Gloriod ad, which was mailed to District Republicans on the eve of the Aug. 10 primary election, included a picture of Navarro shaking the candidate's hand and a complimentary statement about Gloriod signed, “Manuel Navarro, Fire Chief.”
Gloriod lost the election to Sallie Clark, who garnered 62 percent of the vote.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions,” Navarro said in a prepared statement. “I identified myself as fire chief, which was clearly inappropriate on my part.”
Navarro has been fire chief since 1994.
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