City fires employee recently arrested for alleged possession of meth pipes

Water department worker already was on parole for counterfeiting when Norwalk hired him.
Scott Seitz2
Apr 30, 2013

 

The city of Norwalk has fired a water treatment plant employee who was already on parole for counterfeiting money at the time of his hire and then later arrested April 2 by sheriff's deputies and found to be in possession of drug-abuse instruments including methamphetamine pipes.

"As of April 24, Mr. Wesley Mills has been terminated from probationary employment with the city of Norwalk as a water treatment plant operator," said Josh Snyder, public works director.

"The city exercised its rights under Ohio Civil Service Law and under the city of Norwalk personnel policy manual to terminate Mr. Mills' probationary employment due to admitted violations of Section 8.4 of said manual," Snyder said.

"Prior to Mr. Mills' termination, the mayor issued an amendment to the personnel policy manual on April 17 addressing additional violations which would preclude employment with the city of Norwalk. This amendment disqualifies candidates for city employment who have been convicted of a felony, offense of moral turpitude, theft, or any offense directly related to the subject matter of the position," he added.

"The city looks forward to filling the vacancy from the remaining list of eligible candidates as certified by the Norwalk Civil Service Commission," Snyder said.

Mills, 30, is from Roseville.

 

 

 

Comments

luvblues2

Cue: "THEDON", take 3,051 on the Water Dept...."ROLL IT!"...

ladydye_5

*like*

Whiskey Tango F...

Now that we have made fools of our town and our officials, re-open the file and get out a LOCAL resume of a LOCAL person and SUPPORT THE AREA!!! There are tons of good hard working people who are trying to secure dependable employment to raise a family. How do we reward and serve these tax paying workers (who are now the minority)? We hire a convicted crackhead to treat our water! A freakin' monkey with a bananna can choose better!

notsofast

Prior to Mr. Mills' termination, the mayor issued an amendment to the personnel policy manual on April 17 addressing additional violations which would preclude employment with the city of Norwalk. This amendment disqualifies candidates for city employment who have been convicted of a felony ect....

Shouldn't this have been done long ago? Didn't we spend $$$ on a company to update and refine the personnel policy? At least it's done now.
Good job city for getting this one right.

JakeMac25

"This amendment disqualifies candidates for city employment who have been convicted of a felony". I'm no lawyer but I think this is illegal.

As of Sept.28th, 2012, someone applying for a job in the state of Ohio does not have to disclose if they have prior felonies (It cannot be a violent related offense). Ohio passed this law so that felon's could still get jobs in Ohio.

See Ohio Senate Bill 337- This is also the bill that covers drivers license suspensions being reduced for back child support, the decrimilization of Marijuana in Ohio, how burnt wire can no longer be recycled and so on.

I understand the need to find a good employee and I completely understand what can happen if one isn't hired. i.e. meth pipes. But discrimination cannot be part of the hiring process. Good judgement can sometimes lead to a bad outcome. The majority of the time it won't but when it does you just have to pick up the pieces and keep on keeping on.

four

"THEDON" good luck ! Now waiting for the rest of the crack/meth smoking city workers to come forward.LOL

CAST THE FIRST STONE

what the he$$ are we talking about. It took this long to get rid of a horrible employee. lets be kind to all public employees and spend as much as it took to rehire the policemen in sandusky that sent porno to his boss wife ,gets fired then rehired with back pay.I was so stupid not to get a public job that forgives everything. i could of been middleclass no matter what
i did