DNR officer fired following drug charges

DNR officer fired following drug charges

There are 17 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 28, 2009, titled DNR officer fired following drug charges. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 22-year officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been fired after he was charged this week with drug possession.

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Joker

Wanamingo, MN

#1 Feb 28, 2009
Don't use Ramsey County Deputy's Mark Naylon and Tin Rehak's "it was a joke" defense. Give Bob Fletcher a call. I hear he's hiring a few good men.
al frankens lawyer

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 1, 2009
you can get fired for that?
Minn Voter Taxpayer

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 1, 2009
Dude the days of fibbing like bush did and got away with it are OVER. We have a new leader who tells the truth, time for you to find that out the hard way I guess.
Candace

Madison, WI

#5 Mar 1, 2009
"Buria had been suspended since August pending a separate investigation." Not saying what they investigation was. Sounds like the drug charges, which are all prescription drugs normally, were used to fire him because the other investigation wasn't enough. I still don't understand why people can be charged with drug possession today for doing the same thing many of our legislative branch officials did in their younger years before there were revenue generating laws against it.
Client 9

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 1, 2009
Where did he get the prescription for the marijuana?
Workaday Oakdale Brother

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 1, 2009
If he wasn't working under the influence of an improperly obtained drug, his termination seems harsh. I assume that he is probably in a union and will appeal his termination.

Assuming that he hasn't done anything wrong or that he is trying to get his act together, I wish him the best of luck...finding a job that pays that well in Bigfork during a recession would have to be pretty tough!
Candace

Madison, WI

#8 Mar 1, 2009
Before you get started, I have never smoked marijuana or tried any drugs. Haven't ever had the desire to try them. But consider this quip from our former leader:

On the tape, however, the future president discusses his refusal to answer questions about whether he took marijuana.

"I wouldn't answer the marijuana question," he says.

"You know why?'Cause I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."

He feared that any such admission might affect his standing if he won the presidency.

"You gotta understand, I want to be president, I want to lead," he tells Mr Wead.

"Do you want your little kid to say 'Hey daddy, President Bush tried marijuana, I think I will'?"

In response to a remark by Mr Wead that the future president had publicly denied using cocaine, he said, quoted by the New York Times: "I haven't denied anything."

He said that he would continue to refuse to comment on allegations of drug use.

"I am just not going to answer those questions," he said. "And it might cost me the election."

He's not admitting nor denying it. And he still became president.
I just don't see what the big deal is about the marijuana. So many leader have admitted to trying it at some time in their lives, that it seems to be used as a coffin nail only when needed.
Seriously

Grand Rapids, MN

#9 Mar 1, 2009
If drug or alcohol addiction is a disease, one can be fired for it? Why would he not step up, admit, seek help, enter a program and be on is way back to a healthly life style and probably a better employee as a result? I am not one on emplyment laws but have got to wonder can this really be...
dick tracy

United States

#10 Mar 1, 2009
Certainly a bunch of nitwits out there.
NO MAYOR COLEMAN

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Mar 1, 2009
DRUG TESTS FOR ALL STATE EMPLOYEES!
Paul A

Sheboygan, WI

#12 Mar 1, 2009
Puffy!
Paul A

Sheboygan, WI

#13 Mar 1, 2009
Minn Voter Taxpayer wrote:
Dude the days of fibbing like bush did and got away with it are OVER. We have a new leader who tells the truth, time for you to find that out the hard way I guess.
You think that that idiot in the White House is telling the truth?
Wake up! nodada and his ilk make the clintons look honest.
minneapolisa

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Mar 1, 2009
Seriously wrote:
If drug or alcohol addiction is a disease, one can be fired for it? Why would he not step up, admit, seek help, enter a program and be on is way back to a healthly life style and probably a better employee as a result? I am not one on emplyment laws but have got to wonder can this really be...
YEAH, and they never should'a fired our accountant for her gambling disease which "caused" her to embezzle hundreds of thousands from our company. Gimme a break.

“Don't Say Like Dat”

Since: May 08

Jerusalem

#16 Mar 1, 2009
looks like nature wont be calling this goon for a while
should a stuck to mushrooms grown in the wild
Fred

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Mar 1, 2009
DNR = "Do Nothing Right"

I keep asking myself: who is using all the illegal drugs coming across the border?
Chet

River Grove, IL

#18 Mar 1, 2009
They want forest rangers who don't smoke marijuana?

I seriously doubt that any such folk exist.

Heck, even Ranger Rick used to smoke a few bowls after a day of chasing Yogi and Boo-boo around!
Billy Boy

Eugene, OR

#19 Mar 1, 2009
This guy has been collecting a paycheck since August for doing absolutely nothing. Just another perk for being a state employee. I suppose we the taxpayers will be paying for his treatment once he admits to his problem. He will complete treatment and then get his job back and will not loose any seniority. State employees can do no wrong. This guy could do jail time and then when he is released could probably go back working for the DNR. Probably would become a supervisor.

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