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September 1, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
An attorney for Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott, who refused to send firefighters to the Los Angeles riots, argued Monday that the city violated Scott's confidentiality by hiring a private law firm to investigate him and passing gossip to the law firm about alleged incidents of alcohol abuse. Richard J.
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January 24, 1996 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Former Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott, accused of alcohol abuse and incompetence and fired in 1993, will receive $307,000 in back pay and attorney fees, the City Council agreed Tuesday. Under the settlement agreement, approved on a 5-0 vote, Scott will receive $234,441 in lost wages and $37,500 in attorney fees, and the city will pay about $35,000 to a retirement fund. Scott's record will be cleared of the accusations.
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September 13, 1992 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott did not sound intoxicated when he phoned in orders that his firefighters were not to go to Los Angeles the night riots broke out, a dispatch operator and her supervisor testified Saturday at a civil service hearing. Their statements contradicted those of fire employees who have testified that Scott slurred his words and sounded intoxicated when they talked to him on the phone that night.
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January 23, 1996 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former fire chief fired for alleged incompetence and alcohol abuse, who angered city officials by refusing to send firefighters to the Los Angeles riots, would receive $307,000 plus full retirement pay under a settlement before the City Council tonight. "This seems to be the best course for the city," City Manager Bill Smith said Monday. "We could have argued and appealed, but that would have meant more attorneys' fees and more years of consternation."
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January 27, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Embattled Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott was ordered Tuesday to remain on administrative leave until further notice, after a personnel commission upheld the City Council's authority to suspend him for refusal to submit to a psychological evaluation. After months of special hearings, the city's Merit System Commission concluded that the city did have the right to discipline Scott after he refused the fitness-for-duty examination.
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June 2, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fire chief who refused to send his firefighters to the riot-torn streets of South Los Angeles out of concern for their safety has been placed on administrative leave, the city manager said Monday. Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott, 51, was placed on leave with pay last Wednesday by City Manager Jerry Kenny, nearly one month after the chief turned down requests from the Los Angeles Fire Department for help in battling the blazes during the riots following the Rodney G. King verdict.
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October 4, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Recalling a series of tense telephone conversations with city officials during the opening hours of the Los Angeles riots, Westminster Fire Chief D'Wayne D. Scott said he was not drunk when he barred his forces from the riot area because he feared for their safety. In testimony before a weekend session of the city's Personnel Commission, Scott said Saturday he consumed perhaps one beer with dinner the night he discussed his decision with city officials.
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February 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City officials said Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott will be fired because of alleged alcohol abuse, chronic absences and his refusal to send firefighters into Los Angeles during the spring riots. Scott said he will appeal the move, denying he did anything wrong. He has until Feb. 10 to respond to the city's charges. His troubles began last April when he was the only fire chief in Southern California's mutual aid network to refuse to send assistance to Los Angeles on the first night of rioting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A city personnel commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday to consider whether the City Council should allow Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott to come back to work. Scott, 51, was placed on paid administrative leave May 27 after he refused to submit to a psychological evaluation. Officials had ordered the test because they were unhappy with his refusal to send firefighters to Los Angeles during the riots.
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June 18, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Westminster's fire chief has filed a lawsuit against the city, charging that officials violated his privacy by demanding that he undergo psychiatric evaluation after he refused to send his firefighters to Los Angeles during the riots. Chief D'Wayne Scott, 51, a 22-year veteran of the department, was placed on paid administrative leave May 27.
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September 18, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
After six months of review, a citizen panel has concluded that city officials did not violate the law in firing former Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott in February. In upholding Scott's termination, the Merit System Commission said that the former fire chief failed to "assume a high standard of conduct, set a good example, exercise good judgment and be loyal to the city."
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February 27, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN
Former Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott, fired for alleged incompetence, said he doesn't intend to stop fighting his dismissal. Scott's appeal to the city's Merit Commission is slated to be heard March 15 and 16, and last week he filed a grievance claim against the city for at least $2 million, alleging wrongful discharge, perjury, violation of state employment codes and abuse of legal processes.
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February 18, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fired Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott said he will file papers today to appeal his dismissal from the post he held for more than six years. Scott, 52, has been in a dispute with the city since his decision to not send firefighters to the April rioting in Los Angeles. The city has also charged Scott with chronic absenteeism and alleged he had an alcohol problem that affected his work performance. City Manager Jerry Kenny ordered Scott to undergo a psychological evaluation in May.
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February 3, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
City officials said Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott will be fired because of alleged alcohol abuse, chronic absences and his refusal to send firefighters into Los Angeles during the spring riots. Scott said he will appeal the move, denying he did anything wrong. He has until Feb. 10 to respond to the city's charges. His troubles began last April when he was the only fire chief in Southern California's mutual aid network to refuse to send assistance to Los Angeles on the first night of rioting.
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February 3, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City Manager Jerry Kenny took the first steps to terminate Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott because he refused to send firefighters into Los Angeles during the April riots, and because of chronic absences and alleged alcohol abuse. Scott, with his attorney present when he was handed a termination notice, said he would appeal the move and denied he did anything wrong. The termination notice is effective Feb. 16. In the meantime, Scott remains on administrative leave with pay.
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January 27, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Embattled Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott was ordered Tuesday to remain on administrative leave until further notice, after a personnel commission upheld the City Council's authority to suspend him for refusal to submit to a psychological evaluation. After months of special hearings, the city's Merit System Commission concluded that the city did have the right to discipline Scott after he refused the fitness-for-duty examination.
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November 5, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN
The City Council has agreed to set aside another $100,000 to pay a Los Angeles law firm to represent the city in a dispute with Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott. The council's unanimous approval of the allocation brings to $150,000 the amount the city has set aside to spend on attorneys in the dispute. The firm--Liebert, Cassidy & Frierson--has been working since May, interviewing city employees about Scott's fitness for duty. The firm is also defending the city against Scott's lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN
Former Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott, fired for alleged incompetence, said he doesn't intend to stop fighting his dismissal. Scott's appeal to the city's Merit Commission is slated to be heard March 15 and 16, and last week he filed a grievance claim against the city for at least $2 million, alleging wrongful discharge, perjury, violation of state employment codes and abuse of legal processes.
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January 19, 1993 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the commission hearings for suspended Fire Chief D'wayne Scott ended Monday, his attorney demanded that the embattled chief get his job back while the city's attorney countered that he should submit to a substance abuse test to determine his fitness for duty. Scott, 51, was placed on administrative leave last May when he refused to take a psychological test to determine if alcohol abuse was affecting his job performance as some subordinates have alleged.
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November 5, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN
The City Council has agreed to set aside another $100,000 to pay a Los Angeles law firm to represent the city in a dispute with Fire Chief D'Wayne Scott. The council's unanimous approval of the allocation brings to $150,000 the amount the city has set aside to spend on attorneys in the dispute. The firm--Liebert, Cassidy & Frierson--has been working since May, interviewing city employees about Scott's fitness for duty. The firm is also defending the city against Scott's lawsuit.
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