I was highly shocked and greatly disappointed to hear of the dismissal of Chief Wagner. We, the residents of RM, finally get a security chief, who is professional, experienced and highly respected by his officers and due to "good ole boy" politics, he is dismissed for doing his job. Chief Wagner, upon coming aboard, identified training deficiencies and immediately set up training that could save his officer's lives and also greatly reduce the liability risks to the District. His dedication to the residents and his staff cannot be questioned.
If the Chief was asked to do something illegal or ordered to unlawfully arrest someone and he refused and was subsequently dismissed for that refusal, we as residents should be up in arms. It surprises me that I have seen no posts in this forum regarding his dismissal.
I'm also surprised that this dismissal was done without Board action. He was dismissed by a GM that has given her resignation and has absolutely nothing to lose.
I am formally asking the board to reinstate Chief Wagner and investigate the reason he was wrongly dismissed. I fully realize that a probationary employee can be released with no cause, but the fact remains if it was done for political reasons and not to benefit the residents, we should all be appalled.
This dismissal has caused a major morale problem in the department, with several officers looking for employment elsewhere. They are worried that if this can happen to their leader, it can happen to them.
I would hope that all residents will follow my lead and stand behind our professional, honest and dedicated Security Chief.