Reprimand for Portland fire official who tipped off swinger's club – The Columbian
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An assistant fire marshal in Portland has been reprimanded for tipping off a swinger’s club that no fire inspectors would be working on the night of an unpermitted party there.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Fire Bureau, sent a letter of reprimand to Doug Jones.
“It was stupid, and I think he owned up as much,” Saltzman told the Oregonian. “He made some mistakes, but he also has a 34-year record of no discipline in the past.”
Attempts to reach Jones on Sunday were not successful.
The city’s Bureau of Human Resources investigated Jones’ dealings with Club Sesso and found that Jones made “serious judgment errors.”
According to the city report, the Fire Marshal’s Office on June 27 denied the downtown club a special-event permit for a party the next night. Jones spoke with the club manager that night and told him no fire inspectors would be working the night of the party.
A fire inspector showed up unannounced that night, to Jones’ surprise. That inspector found that the club didn’t have a permit to use its second and third floors, which did not have visible exit signs.
Jones later told investigators he made a mistake when he talked to club manager, according to the city report. “That was an error,” he told investigators.
Jones ultimately went to Club Sesso that night, but the city investigators found that he “was less than truthful in his reporting of events and documentation surrounding the events at Club Sesso on June 28, 2014.”
Investigators also found that Jones wrote a letter on behalf of another club but misrepresented that club’s history of compliance with fire code regulations, the city report found.