Safety Director Causes Loss of Prisoner Work Force
Dustin Escapule * Fri, May 18, 2012
On Monday morning, May 14, 2012 the City’s Department of
Corrections work force was pulled for negligence by a
temporary City Employee. This employee is currently holding
the title of Safety Director/Fleet Manager for the city.
According to Pat Kelly Temporary Acting Interterm Public
Works Director, Sherry Kammeyer the city’s Safety
Director/Fleet Manager left a vehicle running unattended
near a Department of Corrections Prisoner which is grounds
for the Department of Corrections to pull the city’s
prisoner work force. The incident was observed by a DOC
Officer and the prisoners were pulled immediately. According
to Kelly, the prisoners were returned on Wednesday morning.
There needs to be additional training to assure that this
type of incident doesn’t happen again, stated Kelly.
Kelly also stated that due to the seriousness of losing the
prisoners for a day, Mayor Schmidt has instructed him to
issue a Reprimand to Kammeyer.
After the continued rejection by three Council Members for
Mayor Schmidt’s appointment of Phil Korte as Public Works
Director, Mayor Schmidt appointed Kelly to oversee Public
Works. According to the City Code, the mayor shall be the
chief executive officer of the city. The Code also states
that “he shall perform all other duties required and
necessary for the efficient operation of the business of the
Kammeyer was hired as a temporary laborer to perform repairs
on the Huachuca Mountain Springs and when that project was
at a point that her help was no longer needed, she assumed
the position of Safety Director/Fleet Manager. According to
the City Charter and City Code, there is no mention of these
positions. The Tombstone News asked City Clerk Barnes when
these two positions were established and when did they go
before the Council for approval. Barnes did not respond to
the specific questions but referred us to Occupational
Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and state
The Tombstone News reviewed the last year and half council
agendas and minutes and couldn’t find when the positions
were established. Also there is no record of the positions
being advertised so that qualified persons could apply.