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Employee investigation appears incomplete

DEAR EDITOR:

I have followed with interest the recent disciplinary episode involving Warren city worker Celestino DiVieste and his punishment.

The Warren human resources department is on record saying that because of the Fox 8 news report being made public, it “ruined any chance of a thorough investigation” of Mr. DiVieste’s behavior by them. Therefore, they said their review was limited to the video provided by Fox 8.

A few questions come to mind concerning the investigation.

Did anyone from the city administration interview the observers at the nearby McDonald’s restaurant who first reported Mr. DiVieste’s behavior leading to the Fox 8 investigation? It has been reported that those observers said they saw Mr. DiVieste at Sorrento’s Restaurant during city work hours over multiple dates and times.

If they interviewed these observers, when? If not, why not? Who made that decision?

Did anyone from the city administration interview owners or employees from Sorrento’s Restaurant concerning Mr. DiVieste’s employment / work history with them? How often did he work there? How long had he worked there?

If so, when? If not, why not? Who made that decision?

Warren Councilman John Brown is on record saying he went to the administration over a year ago with the allegation of this employee being at Sorrento’s Restaurant during city business hours. What action was taken by the city on that report?

If none, why? Who made that decision?

Law Director Greg Hicks said on the record that this behavior was common knowledge in the city. Did anyone from the administration interview him?

If not, why not? Who made that decision?

It appears to me that the city administration’s investigation was incomplete and superficial.

GREG GREATHOUSE

Warren

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