Former cop alleges wrongful termination by city of Farmington

A former Farmington police officer who crashed his truck in the police station parking lot while taking a prescription sleep aid is suing the city. Read more
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GoodMorningFarmi ngton

Rio Rancho, NM

#1 Sep 20, 2010
PSALM 2010

Rob Mayes is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the still streets of Downtown.
He restoreth my faith in the Conversative party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his Church's sake.
Yea, though I golf through the valley of beer and wine, I shall fear no danger, for his Farmington police are with me.
He has anointed my income with windfall profit Electric rates and raised Waste fees, My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the remaining days of my life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.
I am proud I am American,
I am happy that I am free.
But I wish I was a dog .....
And Rob Mayes a tree.
Bloomfield Dude

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Sep 20, 2010
Sounds like a Farmington cop got out of a DWI and wasn't satisfied. Now he wants to sue the city! If he had any sort of legitamate claim it should be against the Ambien drug company. There is probably alot more money for him to get his dirty hands on. Public servant turns nuisance and another drain on the city. Where do these guys come from!
A penny for your thoughts

Ponca City, OK

#3 Sep 20, 2010
What a joke! He wrecks his car while under the influence and thinks he is now entitled to money? It sounds to me like the city gave him 3 previous chances to get his problem taken care of, so what else should he want? Quit being a drag on society and get yourself another job and move on, everyone gets fired at one time or another. Grow up learn your lesson and move on.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#4 Sep 20, 2010
Seriously? What a couple of years later your going to do something about this? This should be null and void...should have dealt with this issue after it happened.
allof farmington

Calgary, Canada

#5 Sep 20, 2010
Maybe, just maybe he has some dirt on some folks above him, theyll settle to keep his stories from comeing out. At the taxpayers expense out of the cities budget of course.
This is the America you people wanted.
Karma

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Sep 20, 2010
allof farmington wrote:
Maybe, just maybe he has some dirt on some folks above him, theyll settle to keep his stories from comeing out. At the taxpayers expense out of the cities budget of course.
This is the America you people wanted.
well, it sounds like they had some dirt on him.....lmao just so everyone knows this is one of the tools that has all the time on his hands for blogging negative comments about FPD, oh yeah and Perezs' buddy.....hmmm i think im starting to see the truth poking it ugly little head out, Ohhhhhh its a Turdis Brown! hahahaha. everyone is out for something they don't deserve.
Concerned

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Sep 20, 2010
If the City sweeps everything under the rug, then why was this guy fired. Happened off duty and in their own parking lot! It looks like this would have been very easy to look the other way! or maybe they don't and all of this crap is just that "crap"?
Dumb

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Sep 20, 2010
If he took his meds like he's suppose to, it has on the bottle...."do not drive or operate heavy machinery" while on this med because it may cause dizziness, drowsiness, etc. He doesn't sound so smart to me.
NM Dine

Farmington, NM

#9 Sep 20, 2010
Run, little piggy, Got my pitch fork, Gonna turn you into pork...
seeya

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Sep 20, 2010
I say he's S.O.L.... Just another sue happy idiot looking for a quick buck. I agree with an above poster... it should be null and void... hey, you snooze you lose... hahaha, no pun intended.
TrueDat

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Sep 20, 2010
Dumb wrote:
If he took his meds like he's suppose to, it has on the bottle...."do not drive or operate heavy machinery" while on this med because it may cause dizziness, drowsiness, etc. He doesn't sound so smart to me.
Do Farmington Police Officers take IQ test?.. They'll aleast get 40 points for spelling their name right ...
AverageJoe

Rio Rancho, NM

#12 Sep 20, 2010
This shows another example of liabilities incurred because the City's lack of will to enforce a comprehensive drug/alcohol program -

Farmington needs a strong willed City Manager !
Lee Farmington

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Sep 20, 2010
I guess this leads to the Question what would he have done on duty if someone said they were on Medicial Marajuna when they caused a crash? let them go or violate ADA ? so how does one porform HIS duty if others can't porform their duties to protect the public?
Voice of Reason

Littleton, CO

#14 Sep 20, 2010
AverageJoe wrote:
This shows another example of liabilities incurred because the City's lack of will to enforce a comprehensive drug/alcohol program -
Farmington needs a strong willed City Manager !
Mayes is strong willed... strong willed to cover for his buddies, strong willed to not see the bigger problem, strong willed to not do a good job, strong willed to do the bare minimum to get by..
WoW

Tijeras, NM

#15 Sep 20, 2010
As seen in the other topix threads FPD has some BIG problems with telling the truth about their administration level officers. Why would they tell the truth about a 14 year veteran street patrol officer, he's nothing to them. Just because he didn't buy into stabbing his fellow officers in the back to get promoted doesn't mean he's automaticaly guilty of wrong doing. From other posts on the other threads on topix people should be able to tell it's not easy working for an administration who continually harass, demean, lie, cheat and bully the ones under their control. Officer Mearls had a 14 year history with FPD, was a productive officer and did his job. Believe me, he's not the only patrol officer with sleep, anxiety, depression and anger issues. Working patrol isn't like sitting on your bottom in an office chair all day like some in administration. There's several in admin who rarely worked on patrol having been selected by admin to promote because they didn't have a problem with stabbing others in the back. Fourteen years of seeing this happen and knowing the only reason you're not on the path of one of the "chosen" ones gets to a lot of officers. Officer Mearls isn't the first to take meds and he won't be the last to use them to deal with the unequal treatment handed down daily at the PD. The administration was aware Mearls was having problems but instead of sending him for treatment as they have in the past for one of the "chosen" ones, they let the problem go on without any help from admin. I know we are all responsible for our own actions but anyone can tell you, someone who's having addictive problems on prescription meds doesn't know they're having problems. Prescription meds, prescribed by your doctor and you believe the doctor knows what they're doing. I know many people who have become addicted to their meds and instead of the doctor changing up the meds, they keep on giving them out. But ultimately, FPD admin knew Officer Mearls had a problem so they should have helped him instead of beating him up and sending him back out to patrol.
Gimme A Break

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Sep 20, 2010
Alleges wrongful termination and expects BACK PAY and FUTURE PAY? Obviously using Ambien for years to begin with was a clear sign that being an officer wasn't the career he could handle. It irks me to think that this former officer possibly had Ambien in his system while giving out traffic citations, responding to calls, etc. His instability could have been our demise at any of those moments and NOW he's suing? His case is as outrageous as the patron who sued McDonald's for being burned by hot coffee. What a shmuck! I guess my tax dollars will fatten his wallet before Christmas! HAPPY AMBIEN HOLIDAYS TO ALL.
Voice of Reason

Littleton, CO

#17 Sep 20, 2010
WoW wrote:
As seen in the other topix threads FPD has some BIG problems with telling the truth about their administration level officers. Why would they tell the truth about a 14 year veteran street patrol officer, he's nothing to them. Just because he didn't buy into stabbing his fellow officers in the back to get promoted doesn't mean he's automaticaly guilty of wrong doing. From other posts on the other threads on topix people should be able to tell it's not easy working for an administration who continually harass, demean, lie, cheat and bully the ones under their control. Officer Mearls had a 14 year history with FPD, was a productive officer and did his job. Believe me, he's not the only patrol officer with sleep, anxiety, depression and anger issues. Working patrol isn't like sitting on your bottom in an office chair all day like some in administration. There's several in admin who rarely worked on patrol having been selected by admin to promote because they didn't have a problem with stabbing others in the back. Fourteen years of seeing this happen and knowing the only reason you're not on the path of one of the "chosen" ones gets to a lot of officers. Officer Mearls isn't the first to take meds and he won't be the last to use them to deal with the unequal treatment handed down daily at the PD. The administration was aware Mearls was having problems but instead of sending him for treatment as they have in the past for one of the "chosen" ones, they let the problem go on without any help from admin. I know we are all responsible for our own actions but anyone can tell you, someone who's having addictive problems on prescription meds doesn't know they're having problems. Prescription meds, prescribed by your doctor and you believe the doctor knows what they're doing. I know many people who have become addicted to their meds and instead of the doctor changing up the meds, they keep on giving them out. But ultimately, FPD admin knew Officer Mearls had a problem so they should have helped him instead of beating him up and sending him back out to patrol.
Agreed. Speaking of the chosen ones, are there still photos floating around the FPD of a certain Chosen One drunk and passed out on the toilet with his pants around his ankles?
AMBIEN

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Sep 20, 2010
I have been taking Ambien for several years. I have had a couple of bizarre episodes. Fortunately, none involving driving vehicles. I do have sympathy for the officer. I can't live (sleep) without the medication. There are side effects with all prescription medications. The police department should have gotten him some treatment and helped him instead of firing him. He wasn't drinking alcohol. There is no "high" from Ambien. The firefighters can still keep their jobs after getting tanked up!
2cool4school

New Castle, CO

#19 Sep 20, 2010
Is it just me or does anyone else see a "problem" here? Suing the City?...for what? Not taking responsibility for his own actions? Who is his Attorney, John Westerman? Give me a break.
Mark

Houston, TX

#20 Sep 20, 2010
And another lawsuit against F.P.D. Wow i am soooo suprised!

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