“In light of the poor judgment with respect t o a subordinate that (Ritterbach) exhibited, arbitrators generally would find that the city would be within its rights to demote (Ritterbach) from his supervisory position,” Mary Jo Schiavoni, an arbitrator, wrote in her report. “It is concluded that (Ritterbach’s) lack of judgement...calls into serious question his ability to function as a supervisor in the department.”
A arbitrator's decision reinstate includes a provision for backpay. He’ll receive at least $50,000 for the time he's been on leave since March.
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