Inyo/Mono Supervisors: employee issues, new hires and a Forest report

MONO COURTHOUSERichard Luman was fired by Mono County after working 15 years as a mechanic in the Road Department.  He has appealed his termination.  That appeal hearing has grown into a longer than expected process.  To protect her client from the burden of no income, attorney Katie Bellomo has asked the Mono Supervisors to temporarily re-instate Luman and place him on paid administrative leave until his appeal is decided. That item was on Tuesday’s Mono Supervisors’ agenda.

Luman has alleged that his supervisor assaulted him and had created a hostile work environment over a period of time.  Although eye witnesses to the fight initially said the supervisor was the aggressor, one out of three witnesses changed his story in an investigation ordered by Mono County Risk Management.  Rita Sherman, head of Risk Management, delivered that report to the Sheriff’s Office, causing a completed report by a Sheriff’s Deputy to be re-opened.  Luman’s appeal hearing was continued until June.

inyocourthouseIn other agenda matters, Inyo Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta was scheduled to speak to the Board on 2012 budget and staffing, the upcoming Forest Plan Revision, Reds Meadow, the Mammoth Mountain Land Exchange and Digital 395.

At the Inyo Supervisors meeting Tuesday, the Board will meet new Deputy District Attorney Kevin Christensen.  The vacancy he fills was created when District Attorney Art Maillet fired his assistant, Will Richmond, who went to court to fight his termination.  A decision in that case is now pending.

Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio wants approval for the hiring of a Deputy County Administrator at the pay range of $6,370 to $7,740 per month.  The agenda item speaks of an open recruitment for this position.

In a closed session, the Inyo Supervisors will evaluate the Director of Health and Human Services and give instructions on wage and benefit negotiations with six employee groups.

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Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger
10 years ago

If Mr. Obenberger had any connection to the investigation of the Luman-McCurry fight, he should excuse himself from the panel. Almost like selecting a juror who has a vested interest in convicting somebody!

Would you want him sitting on a jury if you were in Luman’s position?

Embarassed
Embarassed
10 years ago

Must be a lawyer, with all the evading and avoiding all questions……Just Saying!

Bravo “Latest”!

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

I am apparently the LONE RANGER…Kemosabe! “leading the fight for law and order” . Yes I said LAW.

Once again…

Does an employer have any obligation to investigate or to intervene when there is a Hostile Work Complaint?

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

Please be more specific re: “a Hostile Work Complaint”

And please – no conspiracy theories, just facts.
Who did what to whom. What happened. Who can support the complaint.

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago

Personal attacks?
Catchy little phrases?
Personal level?
How many times did you take the bar exam?

Just who are you really, “Latest”?

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

http://WWW……As retired law enforcement, I have worked with many fine public agencies from Fire to Courts to Public Works and seldom ever found problems. I think most county employees do a honest and fair job, and earn their pay. I have ignored your innuendos and personal attacks which I realize… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago

Here is your list

1) They are GOOD for NOTHING

2) refer to #1

GGW

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago

Still waiting for “Latest” to produce some sort of list of those he/she believes are good examples of what local government (and not elected officials – the at-will people) employees of the county are doing for the people.

What’s that about “hell freezing over …

:>

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

Great arguments counselor but your post fails to address an employer’s obligation to investigate or to intervene when there is a Hostile Work Complaint. There lies the problem and not whether the men got in a fight and got fired. Could the fight have been prevented?

Embarassed
Embarassed
10 years ago

Wow, Wild Wild West seems to have a nerve hit with the County Counsel comment, sure seems defensive! Could it be a Davis Attorney? I bet so! Seems pretty obvious to me!

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago
Reply to  Embarassed

More straw man nonsense from another angry Anti – _______.

Right, “Embarassed”?

Just the facts
Just the facts
10 years ago

MANY OLDER WORKERS in predominantly male occupations remember a time when fighting on the job was relatively common and discipline was often light. Today, organizations are far less tolerant, and many have adopted zero-tolerance policies for fighting or violence of any kind — including threats. Stewards defending grievants against discipline… Read more »

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

Was the “job training” after complaints came up? If so, that would be a form of intervention and a good call. As for my “attack”…..somebody is not coming forth with information and that is not right. That somebody should be somebody from County Counsel’s office. Right? I do get frustrated… Read more »

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

A straw man is a component of an argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position.To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and refuting… Read more »

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago

No mistake “Latest.” Those two boys-will-be-boys got fired for fighting on the job. This was after getting on the job training designed to assist in dealing with personal bad-feelings towards each other when they come up. They both chose to ignore the whole training. Now since you now want to… Read more »

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

I suggest you speak to Mr. Vallejo ……instead of Rudolph.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

I did speak with Mr. Vallejo. He said he knew nothing about a federal case but did refer me to Mr. Rudolph.
BK

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

Kessler: I know that Mono was served with a “Notice of Intent to Sue”, and have no idea why Mr Rudolph is unaware of it. Maybe it does not involve Mr. Luman or McCurry but I heard it involves “Hostile Work Environment”.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

Rudolph denies receiving a notice of intent to sue. BK

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

My mistake…. I thought this involved a fight at work and not in the local pub!

Oh…speaking of idle minds. Maybe the County Counsel could explain “Hostile Work Environment” to us and the county supervisors, or maybe he doesn’t know what that might involve.

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago

We all know there’s not much to do in Bridgeport.

“The idle mind is the Devil’s playground.”

Perhaps these grown men have been watching too many Clint Eastwood Westerns.
Maybe a hobby or a some good reading materials would do wonders for them.

Badfinger
Badfinger
10 years ago

The same Goog-Ol-boy… politics goes on here in INYO County too, only difference is that They exert more controle over the local media 🙁

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

What does the fight between the two men have to do with Mono County allowing a hostile work environment? Maybe the fight could have been avoided if there had been some intervention by the county. Are you saying that no complaints were made by the employees prior to the fight?… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

Mr. Luman had earlier said that complaints were made and that the day the fight took place he and others were meeting with a superior about the Road Supervisor, Brett McCurry’s “aggressiveness and bullying”.
Benett Kessler

What the ...?
What the ...?
10 years ago

“The Latest” must not be aware that one of the violent miscreants fired acted like a man, took full responsibilty for his violent behavior, and chose not to pursue any foolish litigation and has moved on. “Latest’s” angry-sounding demeanor would suggest his “middle of the road news source” is most… Read more »

sarah
sarah
10 years ago
Reply to  What the ...?

Don’t think “Latest’s” post said that or anything like that. Just because he/she doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they are conservative. Not that there’s anything wrong with being conservative by the way. Just like there’s nothing wrong with being liberal. Narrow-mindedness? Well, there might be something wrong with that.

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

Tell me exactly is right about any employer who fails to protect their employees from a hostile work environment and has knowledge of it They deserve to be sued. I guess incompentence is Ok with “Mr. What the ?”. Oh yea….PBS….now there is a real middle of the road news… Read more »

What the ...?
What the ...?
10 years ago

An employee signs a contract understanding there is an intolerance towards violence in the workplace. He ignores the contract he signed and commits violence in the workplace. He gets fired for breach of contract. And the “Down with Government!” movement goes ballistic, goes on the attack against every person in… Read more »

Embarassed
Embarassed
10 years ago

I agree with an “A girl in the know” from what I have seen these people are highly unprofessional and an embarrassment to our County. We already have enough problems with the whole MLLA situation and now we are going pay for the County Administrations incompetence too? Just ridiculous….. They… Read more »

Wild, Wild, West
Wild, Wild, West
10 years ago
Reply to  Embarassed

“… these people are highly unprofessional and an embarrassment to our County” says “Embarassed” above. He/She must be referring to two grown men acting like low-life bad guys in the western movies beating on each other. Both had on-the-job training about prohibiting these actions Yet they arrogantly and childishly ignored… Read more »

what the ...?
what the ...?
10 years ago

Just yesterday, a group of social scientists on PBS radio commented on what is happening in America with the extremists political movements. They said,
“It’s worse than it looks.”

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

My apologies……I posted incorrect information and Mr. Rudolph lawyered me. Mono was not served an actual lawsuit, but they were served a “Notice of Intent to Sue”. It must contain a statement of facts for a lawsuit, and yes Mr. Rudolph, there is a 60 day period to negoiate a… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

The Latest, I spoke again with Mr. Rudolph and there has been no “notice of intent to sue” nor is there such a document required.
Benett Kessler

what the ...?
what the ...?
10 years ago

ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz! Try and walk away from the Tea Party Syndrome. Then turn off Fox and Limbaugh. You may feel a lot less grumpy. Anti-authoritarianism is opposition to authoritarianism, which is defined as a “a form of social organisation characterised by submission to authority. Anti-authoritarians usually believe in full equality before… Read more »

The Latest
The Latest
10 years ago

I just heard that Mono County was served papers listing them as the defendants in a federal lawsuit yesterday. I wonder why?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  The Latest

I spoke with Mono County Counsel Marshall Rudolph who said Mono County, thus far, has not been served with a federal lawsuit in the last couple of weeks. Benett Kessler

Girl In The Know
Girl In The Know
10 years ago

Oh I love this….. since when does Risk Management dictate reopening of a sheriffs completed report???? I can tell you when… when you realize that the Hostile Workplace complaint that was filed and not addressed by Rita Sherman or the county is going to cost the county plenty of money….… Read more »