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Employee

(appealed/no
appeal)

Allegation(s)

Disciplinary Action

Quote from Notice of Adverse Action

Bruno, Salvador
(appealed)

A. Drank alcohol at graduation


celebrations at least twice in 2014
and at unspecified other times since
2012.
B. Allowed cadets to do the same.

Temporarily demoted from fire


captain to fire apparatus
operator for 14 months.

" you admitted to this during your


administrative interrogation, stating, '
most of the class that was there was
heavily intoxicated ' and that you failed
to take action because it was, ' their
moment to party and celebrate.'"

Camarena,
Bryant
(appealed)

A. On "various dates during 2012 and


2013" used state cellphone to access
"a considerable amount" of links
from TheChive.com w/sexual photos
of women. Site was accessed while
on duty and some images were
"displayed to coworkers." Stored
hundreds of sexually explicit photos
on state phone.
B. Drank alcohol at one graduation
celebration and allowed subordinates
to drink at three celebrations.

Battalion Chief demoted to fire


apparatus engineer

"A forensic analysis of your state cellular


phone revealed 7,198 digital photographs
saved to the device. (H)undreds of
them were personal digital photographs of
your spouse nude, partially nude or
posing in a sexually suggestive manner.
This included several explicit photographs
depicting female genitalia."

Chaplin, Justin
(no appeal)

A. Received via text from Orville


Fleming the promotional interview
questions and preferred answers for
limited-term fire captain position at
Cal Fire academy.
B. Failed to report Fleming's
misconduct.

Demoted from limited-term


academy fire captain to fire
apparatus engineer. Pay
reduced 5 percent for one year.
Remained eligible for
promotion, but 5 percent pay
cut would hold. (Has since
promoted back to fire captain.)

"Specifically, in April 2014, you contacted


former Battalion Chief Orville Fleming to
express your interest in a limited-term Fire
Captain position at the Academy. After
that contact, and prior to the interview for
the position, you received a text message
from Fleming that contained a picture of
the interview questions and desired
answers."

Edgmon, Tim
(appealed)

A. While on duty, made repeated


sexual advances toward a civilian on
4/30/14 graduation celebration.
B. Lied to police about the incident.
C. Consumed alcohol while on duty
at 4/30/14 celebration.

Terminated from fire apparatus


engineer position (did not work
at the academy).

" you lied to law enforcement officers


during your administrative interrogations
you changed your story about your
encounter with (redacted) on April 30,
2014 "

Frates, Ben (no


appeal)

A, Drank at two grad celebrations.


B. Allowed subordinates to drink at
two celebrations.
C. "Intimately kissed" a cadet at a
4/30/14 grad celebration.
D. Lied during an administrative
interrogation about kissing the
subordinate.
A. Used state cellphone to contact
and meet prostitutes.
B. Used state vehicle to meet
prostitutes in Sacramento.

Demoted from fire captain to


fire apparatus engineer with
automatic reinstatement after
one year. Suspended 30 days
w/out pay.

"You denied intimately kissing a


subordinate while at the graduation
celebration for COA #47 at B.G.'s Lounge
in Jackson, CA, despite the misconduct
being witnessed by others. Your answers
changed multiple times during the course
of your administrative interrogation."

Demoted from assistant chief to


battalion chief.

"You admitted in your administrative


interrogation that you used your State
cellular phone to arrange for adult sexual
services. Additionally, during your
administrative interrogation, you admitted
to using your State cellular phone both on
and off duty for accessing inappropriate
adult websites. A forensic examination of
your State cellular phone also confirmed
the misconduct."

Kane, Russell (no


appeal)

A. Consumed alcohol at 4/30/14


graduation celebration. Drank with
colleagues on other occasions.
B. Allowed cadets to drink during
three graduation celebrations.

Rejected on probation as
battalion chief. Demoted from
fire captain to fire apparatus
engineer for six months.

"You admitted to consuming alcoholic


beverages with other COA and Fire Fighter
Academy instructors at local
establishments during the weekdays on
more than one occasion during your
assignment at the Academy."

Lyman, Deanna
(no appeal)

A. Drank at two grad celebrations


4/30/2014.
B. Allowed
subordinates to drink at four
celebrations.
C. Brought Tilly's bartender on
academy premises w/out permission.
Created after-hours disturbance in
dorms.
D.
Consumed alcohol with cadets in her
personal trailer on state property.

Demoted from fire captain to


fire apparatus engineer.
Suspended 60 days w/out pay.

"You admitted during your administrative


interrogation to consuming beer with
cadets on State property and that this was
inappropriate activity."

Henry, Scott
(appeal
withdrawn)

Michels, James

A. Received questions and answers


for promotional interview via texts
from Fleming. Used the information
to secure employment.
B. Failed to report Fleming's
misconduct.

Rejected on probation as fire


captain. Returned to fire
apparatus engineer with 5
percent pay cut for 12 months.

"Specifically, in Apri12014, you contacted


former Battalion Chief Orville Fleming to
express your interest in a limited-term Fire
Captain position at the Academy. After
that contact, and prior to the interview for
the position, you received a text message
from Fleming that contained a picture of
the interview questions and desired
answers. You reviewed this document and
responded to Fleming stating, 'You're a
godsend, I'm excited to come down and
present.' You then sent Fleming a fo11ow
up question via text message regarding
one of the answers you did not
understand, and could not answer on your
own. Fleming responded with a more
detailed answer for which you thanked
him stating, "Thanks. I struggled hard
looking for that. " You then used the
information during your interview, and
accepted appointment to the position of
Fire Captain."

Periera, Cole
(appealed)

A. Drank on duty during three


graduation celebrations.
B. Allowed drinking by subordinates
at those same events.

Demoted from fire captain to


fire apparatus engineer for 12
months.

"You observed cadets consuming alcoholic


beverages while they were on duty. At the
graduation celebrations noted above, you
failed to take any action and/or report the
misconduct. Your failure to take action
was witnessed by several subordinate
cadets, and you admitted to this during
your administrative interrogation."

Ramirez, Michael
(appealed)

Roe, Michael
(appealed)

A. Consumed alcohol while on duty


and allowed subordinates to do the
same on or about 4/12/14.
B. Participated in, failed to recognize
and respond to EEO policy violations.
B1. Cadet buttocks slapping.
B2. Viewed "inappropriate images" in
the workplace.
B3. Failed to investigate or correct
workplace discussions of an
employee's "vaginal piercings."
B4. "Just kept clicking the answers"
for online EEO test.
C. Failed to respond to workplace
violence (buttocks slapping)
D. Used state vehicle for personal
business.
D1. Commuted
to airport for personal business trip.
D2. Drove from Burney to
Sacramento in state vehicle to
attend concert.
D3. Misused state time for above
400-mile round trip. E. Violated
administrative time off terms by
going a academy grounds without
checking in.
F.
Lied to police about some of the
above incidents
A. Drank at two graduation
celebrations. Drank with other
captains and cadets at an unnamed
bar on 4/17/14.
B. Allowed cadets to drink at above
events.
C. Failed to
render aid to cadet who lost
consciousness at 4/30/14 grad
celebration.

Terminated from assistant chief


position at the academy.

"Fire Captain Russell Kane stated in his


administrative interrogation that he
witnessed you in the instructor barracks
area at the Academy looking at
inappropriate pictures with former
Battalion Chief Fleming and other
instructors. He stated the instructors
would 'giggle' as the phone was passed
around and that you looked at the
pictures."

Demoted from fire captain to


fire apparatus engineer.
Suspended w/out pay for 60
days.

"While assigned as Fire Captain to the Cal


Fire Academy, you failed to render aid to
an unconscious subordinate cadet
(who) became extremely intoxicated,
vomited in the bar, and lost
consciousness. You failed to render any
aid despite your on-duty status and the
fact that you are a certified Emergency
Medical Technician."

Sado, John (no


appeal)

Schonig, Frank
(no appeal)

Valenzuela,
Daniel (appealed)

A. Drank at four graduation


celebrations in 2013 and 2014.
B. Allowed subordinates to drink at
all four celebrations while on duty.
C. Engaged in "inappropriate
behavior" with a cadet during grad
celebration on 12/18/13 while on
duty.
D. Displayed a photo of a woman's
bare breasts to colleagues while on
duty.
A. Received via text the promotional
interview questions and preferred
answers for limited-term fire captain
position at Cal Fire academy.
B. Failed to report the misconduct.

Demoted from fire captain to


fire apparatus engineer.
Suspended 15 days w/out pay.

The contact with the cadet "was described


as touching, groping and grinding while
you were seated at the bar and while
dancing with (redacted)."

Demoted from limited-term


academy fire captain to fire
apparatus engineer. Pay
reduced 5 percent for one year.
Remained eligible for
promotion, but 5 percent pay
cut would hold. (Has since
promoted back to fire captain.)

"Specifically, in April 2014, you contacted


former Battalion Chief Orville Fleming to
express your interest in a limited-term Fire
Captain position at the Academy. After
that contact, and prior to the interview for
the position, you received a text message
from Fleming that contained a picture of
the interview questions and desired
answers."

A, Drank at two grad celebrations.


B. Allowed subordinates to drink at
grad celebrations.
C. Used a "marked Cal Fire vehicle to
transport intoxicated cadets" on
4/30/15.
D. Used state cellphone to receive
and transmit a web link to "a private
sex club," displayed nude photos on
phone to at least two coworkers.
E. Insubordination for going on
academy grounds without checking
in after put on administrative leave.

Demoted from fire captain to


fire apparatus engineer.
Suspended w/out pay for 30
days.

"When asked during your administrative


interrogation if you had a duty to act if
you observed cadets drinking while on
duty, you stated, 'I don't care if they're on
duty.'"

Source: Cal Fire Notices of Adverse Action; State Personnel Board Employee Appeal/Complaint forms

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