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By Pat Andrews
posted Nov 8, 2013 - 2:41:34pm
Volusia County Manager James Dinneen will let the termination of former Beach Safety Capt. Todd Snipes stand, Dinneen stated in a short, handwritten note dated Nov. 7.
Snipes was fired in August for sending what Public Protection Director George Recktenwald described as "unprofessional and disturbing" comments and cartoons after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in July in the shooting death of African-American youth Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
The comments and a cartoon Snipes sent were characterized as racist.
Snipes appealed the firing, and the Personnel Board reviewed the case Nov. 5. Its members agreed with county supervisors that Snipes' behavior was out of line, but voted 3-2 to recommend that Dinneen impose a less drastic disciplinary measure than firing, given Snipes' 24 years of service with no disciplinary problems.
Dinneen's note stated he appreciated the advisory board's work.
The note adds, "However after careful consideration I find that termination is the appropriate penalty due to the undisputed actions of the appellant and the serious nature of those same actions.”
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