Union calls on Verona fire chief, assistant chief to resign

 A consultant’s report into the operations of the Verona Fire Department found serious problems with management, according to the fire department’s union.

Now, union officials are calling for the immediate resignation of Chief Joe Giver and Assistant Chief Don Catenacci.

Riseling report I Fire Fighters Local 311 news release

The report by The Riseling Group was commissioned by the city of Verona following reports of inappropriate behavior, harassment and hostile work environment, according to a news release from Fire Fighters Local 311.

The city also asked the Riseling Group to examine the union’s concerns as well as the workplace culture in the Verona Fire Department.

According to the news release, the report reveals serious organizational dysfunction, lack of professionalism and what they describe as Giver’s outright failure to adequately lead the department.

The Riseling report cites inadequate training, lack of adherence to policies and procedures, accepted lack of professionalism and discipline, low-morale, micro-management and “a complete lack of leadership within the department,” according to the news release.

The union also conducted its own investigation and found the department is plagued by instances of intimidation, unfair labor practices, physical assault, lies and disparate application of the rules and discipline by Giver, according to the news release.

“The taxpayers have a right to know about the inner-workings and culture within the public safety departments charged with protecting their lives and property – including, when necessary, the failings of its appointed leaders,” read the news release.

For more go to WKOW: https://wkow.com/news/2018/11/13/union-calls-on-verona-fire-chief-assistant-chief-to-resign/

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