Reminder

22Feb10

Item 1: Fire Justin

Stratford officials face deadline on LoSchiavo’s future
By Richard Weizel, STAFF WRITER
Published: 09:16 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2010

STRATFORD — Time is running out for town officials to decide whether Police Officer Justin LoSchiavo, who crashed his patrol car into four vehicles while suffering a seizure in June and was assigned to “light duty” in August, can return to patrol duties.

The other option, officials say, is for LoSchiavo to be dismissed for a serious medical condition that should have precluded him from being hired during the previous administration of Mayor James R. Miron.

The town must make the determination by Feb. 22 — 180 days after LoSchiavo was placed on light duty, under provisions of the police union contract.

LoSchiavo, 31, whose driver’s license was seized and suspended for six months following the early June crash at Stratford and Beardsley avenues, has been performing tasks in the Records Department and other divisions since August. He was hired in June 2006 by Miron, and is the son of former Deputy Police Chief Joseph LoSchiavo and town Human Resources Assistant Linda LoSchiavo.

Two doctors, as well as the former police chief and chief administrative officer, advised against the hiring because of LoSchiavo’s long-standing seizure disorder, which included suffering a seizure while he was driving within a year of filing his application to become a police officer.

A former police detective assigned to evaluate LoSchiavo, Nelson Dinihanian, also recommended in 2005 he not be hired for both medical and other reasons.

Now, officials in Mayor John A. Harkins’ administration face a final decision on LoSchiavo’s continued employment as a police officer.

“The previous administration’s act of hiring Officer LoSchiavo gave him the union protections and rights afforded by contract and law,” Harkins said. “Part of that to which his contract entitles him legally is a 180-day period of light duty, followed by an independent medical examination conducted by a doctor chosen by the town to determine whether or not he may return to service as a police officer. Until that process runs its course, I have no standing to intervene.”

Harkins, however, said he directed Human Resources Director Ronald Ing and Town Attorney Timothy Bishop to make the “necessary arrangements to have the independent medical examination conducted as quickly as possible.”

Bishop said Tuesday that LoSchiavo’s personal doctor has provided a medical report that is “not entirely clear” about whether he can return to work as a patrol officer.

“The next step is sending him to an independent doctor appointed by the town,” Bishop said. “If we’re putting someone back out on the street in a town-owned vehicle we have to do whatever we can to ensure that person is not going to put the public and department at risk.”

Bishop also said paid administrative leave is no longer an option for those in LoSchiavo’s circumstances because a lawsuit by the police union several years ago produced a court ruling that such a provision doesn’t exist under its collective-bargaining contract. He said Milford lawyer Warren Holcomb, who specializes in employment and labor law, is also advising the town of its legal obligations and rights.

Police Chief John Buturla said Tuesday any final decision regarding LoSchiavo must be made by the Human Resources Department and mayor’s office.

“We are meeting the contractual obligations spelled out under the police union’s collective-bargaining agreement,” Buturla said. “That included placing him on 180 days of light duty, which will end shortly.”

Bishop said the town could also consider assigning LoSchiavo a desk job at police headquarters, pending the outcome of a medical exam by a town-

appointed doctor.

But Adam Bauer, Harkins’ chief of staff, said the town’s hiring freeze would preclude that option.

LoSchiavo and his lawyer, Jon August, could not be reached for comment.

Today would be the day.

Advertisements


14 Responses to “Reminder”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    83 days injured on duty + 180 days light duty = 263 days at full pay for an accident with no reported injuries.

  2. 2 1george1

    I have never advocated firing anyone.

    I have worked to replace Miron as Mayor.

    I believe in proper and earned compensation for Town Attorneys,
    Workers, Managment, and Stratford residents.

    I have ideas towards offsets, to benefit Tax Payers, without penalizing
    just compensation and means to mitigate, soften, unjust.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    George,

    “I have never advocated firing anyone.”

    That may be. However in this case, there is no option. The individual has already been involved in three separate accidents, has more disciplinary write ups than almost any other officer (ever), acquired the position by extortion of the Town and is responsible for another officer being forced into disability retirement.

    Enough is enough. There is no reason whatsoever to put more citizens and officers at risk.

  4. 4 phineast

    Jez-he was written up more times in a 6 month period than the entire compliment of officers put together. If that is not grounds for dismissal than I don’t know what is, I for one am not willing to wait for this idiot to kill someone because he feels he has the right as a “disabled” person to be a cop. wrong- and I am willing to sacrifice the legal fees to prove the point that people like Justin and his family will NOT be ALLOWED to RAPE the taxpayers-and I don’t care if Imbro and Knapp go down in flames with the Loschiavo’s and Miron. It is time that a stand is made and it unfortunately may take a couple of good people with the bad. Everyone that signed off in any way shape or form on this kids should be taken to task and to court over it.
    Enough is enough. If people didn’t do anything improper this will prove it once and for all.

  5. 5 1george1

    Tonight’s Pension Board voted UNANIMOUSLY to take the review of
    the Loschiavo, Vedock, and at least one other person off the agenda.

    It is the town which computes pensions, not the pension board.

    So Bridgeport Post reported LoSchiavo was a Bridgeport Republican
    a couple years ago.

    And Vedock, Loschiavo, and other person got the O. T. and PENSIONS
    under Miron’s Department Heads and endorsed by the all Republican
    Town Council members of the Pension Board (Gavin was a loaner)

    Meanwhile …..

    O’Meara
    McNeil
    Sotto
    Farmer

    How much was voted by the Republican Town Council for veterans
    and seniors?

    A certain $ 134,000+ annual pensioner contributed $ 140,000+ during
    his entire career to his pension plan.
    However he got back over $ 44,000 cash out.

    $ 140,000 minus $ 44,000 = $ 96,000
    with an annual pension over $ 134,000 with a base pay of over $ 84,000.

    I bet none of the readers or posters, except Jeze comment at all on this:
    Sudds
    Chris
    Mayor 1013
    Phin
    Kane
    Cyclops
    Star
    Phyllis
    Syl
    On Target
    Jimmy
    Fahan

    Moved to the usual place….

  6. 6 1george1

    Tonight’s pension board unanimously dumped the Loschiavo
    Vedock, and ?? pension computations bact to the town (mayor)

    Town Attorney Bishop “happened” to wreck his knee skiing.

    Florek was present at the pension board meeting.

    After a very short pension board meeting there were a couple of
    Town Council issues to discuss
    Hearing Officer
    Flood issue
    Blight issue.

    I was the only public speaker.
    No Town Attorney was present.

    There were a couple of votes, including an Arts Commission issue.

    Relatively short meeting.

    I hung around then decided to go fishing.
    Nice spot just outside the Mayor’s office.

    I overheard very interesting comment by Adam Bauer to Ron Ing
    and equally interesting reply.
    Adam disappeared into Mayor’s office.
    Mr. Ing spent at least 20 minutes making photo copies.
    When he came by, i introduced myself and asked him to mention
    to the honorable mayor that I wanted to talk to him, rather than
    surprize him at Thursday’s Christ Church meet the mayor.

    Mr. Ing went into the Mayor’s office promising to tell the Mayor
    that I hoped to speak to him.

    About 15 minutes later out walked Kevin Kelly and John Florek.
    John asked me what I was doing.
    I told him, I was fishing.
    He asked how it was going….
    I told him I just caught a couple of big ones.

    Kelly was already part way down the stairs.
    Kelly knows I consider him to be NFG.

    About 15 minutes later I spoke to John and Adam.
    I gave a couple ideas.
    We exchanged pleasantries.
    I also advised him I would be sending certain unpleasant info
    that I intended to bring up at Christ Church, and was being
    fair to him to give him a heads up.

    John is a gentleman.

    I feel sorry for him and several other people …

  7. 7 phineast

    If a pension was improperly computed, based on illegal OT(cough cough Del.?), or illegal hourly differentials claimed(cough cough Vedock?) then go after it. It’s about time-the PD isn’t the only act in town that has issues-keep that in mind. If it is part of the legally voted on contract negotiated by the town, it is what it is. Just like the miron payouts-if council voted on them we are stuck, if they didn’t, miron is screwed.

    You are correct George- John is a gentleman-but don’t feel sorry for him-he has the power to correct issues if he so chooses. I give him until his 1st budget is passed then the honeymoon is over-he may not believe it but he is on a honeymoon right now. He has my respect for not acting like the idiot before him, but he also needs to tackle the hard stuff and do it sooner rather than later.

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “he also needs to tackle the hard stuff and do it sooner rather than later.”

    It depends on your definition of “hard”. Some of them are extremely simple. Like Justin.

    But you are correct, the messes Miron created are quickly becoming Harkins’ messes.

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Update:

    Review of officer’s status extended

    Written by John Kovach
    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:25

    Light duty for a police officer who had an accident last June while having a seizure has been extended while a review of his employment continues.

    Justin LoSchiavo has been on light duty since he returned to work after he suffered a seizure on duty, crashing his patrol car into a car stopped in front of him and several unoccupied vehicles in a nearby parking lot.

    Adam Bauer, chief of staff for Mayor John A. Harkins, said the administration has received a 4-week extension of the light duty assignment. Union approval was required because an extension is not provided for in the contract.

    The 180-day deadline for his light duty expired Monday, Feb. 22.

    What can you possibly say? 263 days wasn’t enough time to figure it out?

  10. 10 mikereynolds

    Finally…some indication there is sanity in the world. Stratford finally wins one!

    http://www.stratfordstar.com/4418/town-wins-appeal-in-loschiavo-dismissal/

  11. 11 jezebel282

    Mike,

    3 years and tens of thousands of dollars later, the Town was able to achieve the obvious.

    You would think the Town would have developed some pattern recognition skills as a result of this case. Sadly, the personnel blunders continue unabated in Town.

    http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail/PublicCaseDetail.aspx?DocketNo=FBTCV116018916S

    and

    http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail/PublicCaseDetail.aspx?DocketNo=FBTCV136032492S

    Just to cite two of the more expensive cases for the taxpayer.

  12. 12 mikereynolds

    Perhaps the town can bill former Mayor Miron since he’s the one who erroneously hired Loschiavo?

    Of course not.

    And yes, this town can’t do anything right.

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Mike,

    You are wrong. It wasn’t an “erroneous” hire. Miron did it with purpose and full knowledge. Just like everything else he did.

  14. 14 mikereynolds

    Whatever


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: