MOUNT VERNON — When Fire Capt. Mike Treisch returns to work in February after serving his suspension, Fire Chief Chad Christopher and Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels will monitor his performance.
Mayor Richard Mavis said Treisch’s ability to lead his crew after the suspension “is a real concern.” Will he be able to reintegrate with the crew and will they accept him back in the captain’s role, the mayor asked.
Treisch was issued a suspension lasting 45 calendar days, or 15, 24-hour tours of duty. The suspension came after he bared his backside in the face of another firefighter in November 2017. A verbal reprimand was issued initially by Christopher.
In a release issued Friday, the mayor said “the conduct was clearly inappropriate and the city moved promptly to address the conduct and issue discipline. Many factors are considered in issuing discipline, including years of service and prior discipline. The penalty was based on these factors and the nature of the incident.”
He added that “This was an isolated incident. Everyone involved regrets the incident occurred. Administration and all employees have learned the importance of appropriate conduct within the department. Mount Vernon Fire Department employees perform important services in our community with a high degree of professionalism.
“The standards of conduct and the system of reporting were in place and worked. The City and Fire Administration will continue to work to maintain and build the trust of the citizens of Mount Vernon.”The statement was signed by the mayor, Daniels and Christopher.