Nevada’s fire chief has been terminated following an investigation into an accident involving a department vehicle, according to documents provided to the Journal by city staff.
Dana Wipperman was fired Jan. 9 after a meeting with City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen.
Documents given to the Journal show that an investigation was underway into incidents surrounding a Nov. 4, 2013, property damage accident, numerous violations of the employment handbook and failure to meet the standards set forth in a performance improvement plan.
Hansen confirmed Wipperman’s dismissal in an email sent to City Council members on Jan. 9, following a meeting she had with Wipperman earlier that afternoon.
She explained in the email that Wipperman, who has been employed as the city’s fire chief since Aug. 15, 2005, was currently on his second performance improvement plan, which would have concluded on April 1.
“While essentially on probation, an accident occurred at the fire station. A couple things happened, Dana did not report the accident to the PSD (police) and was given many opportunities to do so. When confronted, he was not cooperative in providing information during the investigation and denied any involvement. When the police report was complete, all witnesses and the circumstances surrounding the incident pointed fault at Dana,” Hansen wrote in the email.
Hansen wrote that Wipperman had agreed to take a polygraph test about the accident but that he later acknowledged the events in a written statement.
A telephone message left for Wipperman Wednesday was not returned.