Details of fire chief's departure

Interim chief appointed, district deciding on replacement

Casey Van Divier
cvandivier@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/9/19

After placing Fire Chief Jon Greer and accounting clerk Lauri Greer on paid leave in August, the Arvada Fire Protection District announced that the chief has taken retirement and Greer's wife has …

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Details of fire chief's departure

Interim chief appointed, district deciding on replacement

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After placing Fire Chief Jon Greer and accounting clerk Lauri Greer on paid leave in August, the Arvada Fire Protection District announced that the chief has taken retirement and Greer's wife has resigned from her position as accounting clerk effective Oct. 21.

In August, the Arvada Fire Protection District launched an internal investigation of the Greers after allegations were “brought to the attention of the Board,” said a district statement.

Effective Aug. 15, board president Bob Loveridge authorized “measures prohibiting Jon Greer and Lauri Greer from accessing the District's email and any other software programs,” according to a district internal email. The two were placed on paid administrative leave the same day.

“There were no allegations of criminal or suspicious conduct, none of the allegations brought to the Board's attention were referred to any criminal agency, and the District was never concerned with the financial security of its funds,” said the district's most recent statement from Loveridge.

The investigation found “Lauri Greer neglected to deduct employee 457 contributions from overtime pay for the payrolls disbursed on May 24 and June 7, 2019,” according to the notice of intended discipline for Lauri Greer.

“In order to ensure that employee 457 balances were not impacted by this error, Lauri Greer obtained approval from Chief Jon Greer to contribute the employee contributions that would normally be contributed by employees…unbeknownst to the Board,” the notice said. The error cost “taxpayers of the Arvada Fire Protection District more than $10,000.”

The allegations were investigated by a neutral third party, according to the notice of administrative leave sent to Jon Greer. The investigation has now been closed, Harrington said.

The Arvada Fire Protection District provides firefighting and emergency medical services to approximately 120,000 people, according to the organization's website. The district consists of roughly 200 employees, operating eight fire stations across approximately 41 square miles in Arvada, Wheat Ridge and unincorporated Jefferson County.

Jon Greer joined Arvada Fire in 1979 and was promoted to fire chief in 2007. Lauri Greer joined the district as an accounting clerk in 2015.

Per the terms of his retirement, Greer agreed to a restriction from future district employment and received payment of 8.5 months' salary and payment for accrued sick or vacation leave.

Jon and Lauri Greer could not be reached for comment.

Mike Piper has stepped in as interim chief while the district makes a decision on a full-time replacement, Harrington said.

The Arvada Fire Protection District has posted Loveridge's statement on Greer's retirement on the district website, arvadafire.com.

“The District thanks Chief Greer for his 40 years of service,” Loveridge's statement said. “(The District) wishes both Chief Greer and Mrs. Greer the best in their future endeavors.”

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