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Harvard fire district to discuss hiring firm to investigate employee misconduct

Employee discipline under discussion in closed session

The Harvard Fire Protection District will consider hiring a Naperville-based law firm during its meeting Tuesday to conduct an internal investigation into employee misconduct.

The board will vote on whether to hire the law firm – Ottosen, Britz, Kelly, Cooper, Gilbert and DiNolfo Ltd. – to conduct the investigation, according to the meeting agenda.

The attorney handling the agreement could not be reached for comment Monday.

Trustee Joe Clarke said although he submitted the request for the agenda item in writing, the item has been requested by multiple trustees.

After the vote, the board will go into closed session to discuss potential disciplinary action for certain district employees.

Potential approval of previous closed-session minutes also will be discussed behind closed doors.

Once the board reconvenes, it will discuss personnel scheduling, paid-on-premise staffing and scheduling and advance firefighter training.

Discussions became heated during last month’s board meeting, where some trustees questioned the appointment of three fire officials to lieutenant and the lack of supporting materials justifying the appointments.

Clarke had called the appointments, one of which was for board President Thomas Condon’s daughter, part of an unethical quid pro quo that may lead to litigation in the future.

Condon said he took exception to Clarke’s comments and that they were his opinion and his alone.

The trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the district, 502 S. Eastman St.

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