Re: “City to decide fate of advocate” (TNT, 8-12).
In the near future, Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson will have to decide the employment status of employee Gloria Fortson.
First, I have to agree with Fortson’s attorney, when he allegedly contended, according to The News Tribune, that “the City of Tacoma’s Domestic Violence Program has been substantially harmed.” That’s not because of the hearing examiner’s findings against Fortson, but due to the fact that city funds were misused that could have been spent for legitimate causes.
Obviously, the hearing examiner found that Fortson knowingly used city funds to allow a client to travel to Florida, travel that had no nexus to domestic violence. As such, Anderson should summarily terminate Fortson’s employment status. Unquestionably, such a decision would be for just cause.