- Two months ago, Arco, a major pipeline operator under Hernandez's jurisdiction, reported that he asked for and received a gift of dinner, drinks and tickets to a Sacramento Kings-Boston Celtics basketball game valued at $194.28. This violated the fire marshal's conflict-of-interest rules and state law requiring that such gifts be reported.
- In 1985, Hernandez ordered a subordinate, Les Johnson, to drive Hernandez's wife to Carson City, Nev., on state time and, along with Johnson, reported the time spent as official business.
In a point-by-point rebuttal to the charges, attorney Donahue asserted that the accusations are way off mark and that most are legally insufficient to justify firing.
Donahue conceded in the appeal document that Hernandez was "experiencing financial shortfalls because of real estate transactions," and was referred to an employee assistance counselor for help with his fiscal affairs.