February 1, 2011

Released emails burn county firefighters

A smoking gun, in e-mail form:

Some Clark County firefighters appeared to have worked with their supervising officers to improperly use sick leave, according to e-mails obtained by the Review-Journal.

And no firefighter or department manager has been fired or punished for misusing the sick leave system, county and union leaders said.

The e-mails show that some firefighters worked with supervisors to arrange sick calls, sometimes months in advance, for vacation rather than for medical problems.

These e-mails provide further support for Commissioner Sisolak's claims that county firefighters have routinely abused the sick leave system.

A report on alleged firefighter sick leave abuse will be presented to the County Commission later today. We'll bring you the report once it's released.