City of Sandusky
City employee allegedly drinks on the job, quits
May 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Facing termination, a longtime Sandusky employee quit after supervisors learned he consumed alcohol while working and wasn’t initially forthright about it.
John Post Jr., a 16-year sewer department employee, resigned after he violated several city workplace rules in late April, according to his personnel file the Register viewed after making a public records request.
Post, earning $23.58 an hour, went on paid leave for about two weeks before quitting. City officials never discussed the allegations or resulting actions in public.
An investigation started when someone informed Post he needed to take a random drug test at a Firelands Regional Medical Center facility.
At around 8 a.m., shortly after Post ended his 12-hour shift, two different readings showed him blowing over the legal limit. One reading indicated he had a 0.084 percent blood-alcohol content. Another read he had a 0.087 percent bloodalcohol content, according to a police report.
Post initially told a nurse at the Milan Road facility near Applebee’s he “stopped elsewhere after his shift and had a drink” after leaving the plant on Harrison Street.
But when questioned, Post shifted his story, according to Sandusky police Sgt. Ron Snyder’s findings.
“In investigating this allegation, factoring in time elements and research, it was apparent to me Mr. John Post Jr. had to have consumed intoxicating beverages while working and on city time,” Snyder wrote. “There was no way he could have obtained the results of his test in the short amount of time from leaving his work place and arriving at the testing site”
Snyder added a person would need to consume five or more drinks in an hour to reach a 0.080 percent bloodalcohol content.
In an interview with Snyder, Post reportedly admitted to drinking two 16-ounce Busch Light beers.
Post, a Huron resident, violated the following city rules according to the file:
•Reporting to duty or remaining on duty while having an alcohol concentration greater than 0.02 percent blood-alcohol content.
•Reporting to duty or remaining on duty while under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.
•Possession of alcohol or illegal drugs while on duty.
•Using alcohol or a controlled substance while on duty.
Post also was dishonest before telling Snyder what happened, another frowned-upon action in the city’s bylaws, according to Snyder’s report.
“I panicked, and I was scared, and I didn’t know what to do” Post told Snyder. “I just want to get help and get through this and get back to work”
Drinking while working, and being dishonest about it, is intolerable behavior, interim city law director Don Icsman said.
“There was no other alternative,” Icsman said. “There was not going to be any other solution that would have been acceptable to the city”