Fired Los Angeles City Zoo Director Warren Thomas should be reinstated to his job because his dismissal last June was too harsh a punishment for his actions, a citizens panel recommended today.
Some of the 80 or so supporters of the zoo director, who were jammed into a City Hall meeting room, shouted: "There is justice after all!" and "The system works!" as the panel's recommendation was read.
The three-member panel, which does not have the power to enforce its recommendation, concluded that Thomas did use city property for his own use, used insulting racial epithets and improperly administered animal transactions.
For those charges, the panel recommended that the city suspend him for 20 days without pay, a period, as Thomas observed to reporters, he has more than already served.