City completes Wilson investigation; no disciplinary action taken

Published 7:17 am Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The city’s investigation into former fire chief Dan Wilson has officially ended with no disciplinary action being taken, according to a statement released Tuesday by city council.

This comes roughly three weeks after Wilson’s end-of-the-year retirement, though the investigation did continue into 2010, city human resources director Tricia Wiechmann said previously.

Wilson was being investigated for possibly fostering a “hostile” work environment at the station, allegations the chief continually denied.

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Council members Janet Anderson, Marian Clennon, John Martin and Steve King signed a document dated Aug. 21 requesting a meeting to discuss the situation at the fire department and also citing an allegedly poor work environment.

There was also a complaint filed by an Austin firefighter in early September referencing similar issues.

The city’s investigation cost roughly $8,042, according to Austin Administrative Services Director Tom Dankert.