By Journal Sentinel of the
"Madison — A Stanley Correctional Institution supervisor
received a written reprimand — and no other discipline — after he got
into a drunken-driving accident, was found with several grams of
marijuana and drug paraphernalia and refused to tell his bosses where he
had acquired the drugs.
"The case is the latest example to surface
of public employees facing few sanctions for breaking work rules. It
comes as lawmakers debate whether to make changes to the state's
employment rules — with supporters saying it should be easier to
discipline employees and detractors saying state officials aren't taking
action against employees in many instances where they could under
"Patrick Lynch, 46, said in an interview
he wanted to apologize to taxpayers for his behavior and was looking
forward to continuing to work for the state for years.
"Asked what he would say to someone who
thought the punishment he got was light, Lynch said: 'L would say, you
know, you wouldn't be wrong to feel that way. I feel very fortunate.'
"Lynch contended he was treated the same
as any other employee would be. Joy Staab, a spokeswoman for the
Department of Corrections, would not say whether Lynch's discipline was
in line with what is given in similar cases.
"But a union official said it was much softer than what others get.
"'A double standard exists' between how
supervisors and lower-level workers are treated, said Troy Bauch, who
represents correctional workers for Council 32 of the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
"Rank-and-file employees would be
summarily fired in a similar situation, particularly if they refused to
answer questions during the Department of Corrections investigation as
Lynch had, Bauch said.
"'That's dumbfounding to me,' he said. 'I
can't even fathom the fact they would allow him to refuse to answer who
his drug supplier was....That's like Investigation 101 for the
Department of Corrections.'
"Ordinarily, department investigators
would insist on knowing the information to ensure employees aren't
consorting with inmates to acquire drugs, Bauch said.
"The treatment of Lynch could lead other employees to refuse to answer questions when they are being investigated, Bauch said"
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