Schultz and Beckett are both on paid administrative leave while they appeal their terminations.
The termination notices obtained indicate the duo’s involvement in the Tea Party was considered “prohibited political activity” under the city’s employee personnel policies manual. The mayor said the men spoke and advocated against the city council and supported a petition against the mayor as part of their participating in the party.
The two men weren’t just fired for their involvement in the Tea Party, however.
The termination memos mention other alleged infractions by both law enforcement officers including accusations that Schultz drove city equipment to obtain medical treatment, screamed at another city employee in the City Hall parking lot within earshot of the public, lied to federal agents during an investigation, drank booze at a public park and restaurant, drove while intoxicated, slouched at city council meetings, and didn’t discipline Beckett for holding naked pool parties at Beckett’s house.
Besides holding naked pool parties and joining the Tea Party, Beckett’s termination memo also said he drank alcohol in a public park and restaurant, asked a subordinate to follow he and his wife home after they drank too much, didn’t pay his water bill in time, and didn’t properly maintain investigative files and evidence.
Slouching at city council meetings?
I'm not sure what naked pool parties has to do with his ability to be police officer. What a person does in his own time is his own business, IYKWIMAITYD. Unless there is some "Pillar of the Community" type clause in his contract.
The drinking on duty, however, is the serious charge. I'm assuming that it was on duty. If it was off duty, it would hinge on the clause I just speculated about. But that and that alone should be grounds for removal.
The big question remains is why is the Tea Party still listed as part of the reason why Beckett was fired. That shouldn't have been listed at all.
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