Less than 48 hours before Christmas, Keith Gladney was fired from his job as a St. Louis County (Mo.) Animal Control Officer, according to a BigGovernment.com article published the same day. Why is his firing important? Because, as you’ll see in reviewing the points noted below, integrity of government is at stake:
First and foremost, it’s important because Keith Gladney is the brother of Kenneth Gladney (right), the St. Louis man who became the subject of no fewer than six posts on this blog after he was allegedly beaten by a group of thugs from the Service Employees International Union after they found him selling conservative memorabilia outside Bernard Middle School, the site of of a South St. Louis County health care town hall meeting hosted by ultra-liberal Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.). And, in case you’re not aware, these events that resulted in only misdemeanor charges took place on the same day the White House told its supporters to “punch back twice as hard.”
Second, it’s important because Keith Gladney had, according to the aforementioned news report, received a positive job performance rating as recently as October.
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Third, it’s important because Keith Gladney alleges that he was fired after expressing publicly his support for his brother.
Fourth, it’s important because Keith Gladney’s former employer is St. Louis County, the same powerful government entity that employs County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch and County Counselor Patricia Redington, two power brokers who were at the center of controversy (see this post) during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Finally, it’s important because the St. Louis County Department of Health, within which the Animal Control Division operates, is reported to have a close working relationship with SEIU Local 1.
In an effort to get to the root reasons behind the Keith Gladney firing, I launched an investigation today by filing a Missouri Sunshine Law request addressed to Dr. Dolores J. Gunn, director of the St. Louis County Department of Health, and two of her underlings. In that request, made via fax and e-mail, I asked for two pieces of information:
1. A listing of the names of all individuals, segregated by department or division, who were employed by the St. Louis County (Mo.) Department of Health as of Jan. 1, 2009; and
2. A listing of the names of all individuals, segregated by department or division, who were employed by the St. Louis County (Mo.) Department of Health as of Dec. 31, 2009.
Stay tuned as updates will surely follow.
UPDATE 12/29/09 at 12:18 p.m. Central: Nearly 24 hours have passed since I submitted my request for information, described above, via the Missouri Sunshine Law. I continue to wait.
UPDATE #2 12/29/09 at 6:40 p.m. Central: I received a reply from Dr. Gunn’s assistant who wrote via e-mail, “The Saint Louis County Department of Health is in receipt of your email. The information that you requested is being compiled.” Now, I wait.
UPDATE #3 12/31/09 at 3:03 p.m. Central: Moments ago, I received an e-mail from Dr. Gunn’s assistant. She wrote: “The information that you requested was mailed today, 12/31/09.” Things are looking up!