May 20, 2013 8:51 PM by Lorraine Rivera
TUCSON - A Tucson fire paramedic has been reinstated to the role of captain, a civil service commission voted Monday.
Sloan Tamietti, a nine-year veteran of the department, was demoted after a November 2012 incident in which a subordinate made allegations of harassment and assault. In the second day of hearings, Tamietti admitted his actions were wrong and inappropriate. He testified he was ashamed and embarrassed when he learned he was demoted. The subordinate, who KVOA is not naming, claimed the harassment was sexual in nature. He sued the city for $500,000 but a $125,000 settlement was reached instead.
Tamietti said he was relieved after hearing the decision. He said he was somewhat disappointed with his 15 day suspension but respected the panel's decision, "Its what they deemed appropriate at the time and I support it and I've always supported what they've done whether I won or lost today I would have supported that decision."
Fire Chief Jim Critchley was behind the department's original decision to demote Tamietti. He said he was important that Tamietti's case was heard before a panel. Critchley said the decision would help change the culture of the fire department, "The message is out there that this won't be tolerated. That we will continue to improve to take care of the community."
Mike Storie, Tamietti's attorney, said criminal charges remain against his client from the November incident and that he is looking forward to clearing his client's name.