A Mono County Personnel Appeals Board upheld the termination of former Mono County mechanic Dick Luman, and now Luman has gone to Court for reinstatement of his job and all back pay and benefits.
Luman’s attorney, Katie Bellomo filed a petition for an administrative writ. This filing names the Mono County Personnel Appeals Board, Mono County, Administrator Jim Arkens, the Mono Board of Supervisors and others. The petition alleges that disciplinary action against Luman was based on policies not in effect until ten days after he allegedly got into a fight with one of his supervisors. Luman says the supervisor assaulted him. That was a year ago.
The Appeals Board found Luman had not engaged in physical fighting, but they claimed he verbally threatened his supervisor. The petition accuses the County and others of “prejudicial abuse of discretion” and failure to grant Luman a fair hearing. Attorney Bellomo also alleges conflicts of interest among appeal board members.
The document basically says the appeals board upheld Luman’s firing because he made a wisecrack to his supervisor, Brett McCurry, who was initially fire and then reinstated. The petition says Luman lost wages, benefits, retirement contributions and the right to public employment.
The petition asks that Luman be reinstated with all pay, benefits, seniority and other considerations.