On Monday the Observer noted:
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee told all employees in a memo Friday that not complying with state public records laws could lead to disciplinary action, a reference to fire department officials who told an employee to use personal email and delete official documents.
|Ron "I Didn't Know" Carlee|
The full article is here
But in the article is this little fact:
Eschert was fired about 3 weeks after being told not to address the department's concerns regarding her Facebook posts via department emails.
Again from the Charlotte Observer:
At the time, the department told her that the City Council was upset about her post. They also said the Observer had made a public records request based on her case.
Apparently neither were true and the "they" the Observer is referring to is apparently Paul Wilkinson and Kristi Kjeldsen.
Before the Facebook post went public in media stories in November, the Observer had not found any council member familiar with what Eschert had written, which was about the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.
Part of her post read: “So WHY is everyone MAKING it a racial issue?!? So tired of hearing it’s a racial thing. If you are a thug and worthless to society, it’s not race – You’re just a waste no matter what religion, race or sex you are!”
Cedar's Take: Eschert's post was simply a copy and paste of comments made around the country and one that was made time and time again by CMPD and CFD staff on their personal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
But maybe the real question is why at this point haven't Wilkinson and Kjeldsen been fired or at least removed from command positions? You clearly can't lead if everyone knows you are a liar.
As far as CP knows, Eschert is the only person fired by the city for a violation of its social media policy.