County fires Heenan
A part-time Faribault County dispatcher/jailer has been fired.
The action comes following a week-long “internal investigation” conducted by Martin County authorities.
Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley says he and Chief Deputy Scott Adams met with Todd Heenan for about 30 minutes during a “Loudermill Hearing” on June 1.
Heenan was placed on paid administrative leave on May 3, a day after a complaint was filed regarding a call he took while working as a dispatcher on April 24.
“He failed to dispatch a 911 fight call. Our issue is he didn’t relay the information to Blue Earth police officers,” says Gormley. “He tried to cover up that his son was involved in the incident.”
“We can’t have that type of behavior. The role and duties of a dispatcher are very important,” he adds.
Gormley and Adams say Heenan reportedly failed to report the incident to Blue Earth police for eight minutes.
“He gave out information as a harassment call in which his son and another person were victims,” Gormley says.
Adams says the county’s probe involved whether Heenan followed duties of being a dispatcher.
“It wasn’t to see if anything criminal was done,” he says.
A “Loudermill Hearing” lets a government worker respond to allegations affecting their employment status and correct any factual mistakes before an employer makes a decision on discipline.
Heenan was hired in April 2003 and also serves as the county’s animal control officer.
Adams says Heenan still has a private contract with the county to pick up stray animals.
According to Adams, Blue Earth police have contacted the Albert Lea Police Department to look into the April 24 incident.
Police chief Tom Fletcher says the investigation began around the same time the county’s internal probe got under way.
He says authorities are trying to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing.
“I haven’t seen or heard anything from them yet. When it’s completed it will be turned over to the county attorney,” he adds.