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John Koskinen Statement on
Personnel Matters at the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services
April 26, 2002




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Statement of City Administrator John Koskinen
Regarding Personnel Matters at
the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services

Friday, April 26, 2002

Recent allegations have been made about mistakes and/or misrepresentations in the employment applications and resumes of three senior executives of the District’s Fire EMS Department. Questions have been raised about the educational experience and prior positions held by Gary Garland, Assistant Fire Chief, Services, Bruce Cowan, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal and Marcus Anderson, Assistant Fire Chief, EMS. At the request of the Mayor, I asked Margret Kellems, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice; Milou Carolan, Director of the Office of Personnel; and Grace Lopes, Acting General Counsel to the Mayor; to review all of the issues raised as well as all other aspects of the background information on these three executives, treating each of them as separate cases.

The Mayor and this Administration attach the utmost importance to the integrity of the personnel process. Employees need to understand that they will be held accountable for information provided to the District in their application forms and related biographical information. Each case requires specific analysis based on 1) the nature of any discrepancies, 2) the centrality of such discrepancy to the position for which the employee has been hired or into which he has been promoted, and 3) the reliance on any inaccurate information by decision makers in the hiring or promotion process.

After extensive review of original documentation and conversations with appropriate third parties, the review group presented me with their findings and recommendations yesterday. I have reviewed these findings and recommendations with the Mayor. In response to the facts reviewed, appropriate disciplinary actions are being taken in individual cases. Statutory protections of employee personnel records prohibit us from disclosing the details of any individual actions.

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