Town of Dumfries
The following were among actions taken at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Dumfries Town Council. For more information, call 221-4133.
POTOMAC LANDFILL -- The Town Council authorized Town Attorney Robert Bendall to issue an inspection warrant -- like a search warrant -- to allow the town's director of public works to enter the Potomac Landfill for a routine inspection to ensure its compliance with town ordinances for soil erosion and control. The director was recently refused admittance to the landfill, which is privately operated.
The town building inspector previously conducted such inspections, but that responsibility was recently given to the director of public works.
EEOC INVESTIGATION -- The council agreed to release documents to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to aid the federal agency in its investigation of discrimination-in-hiring practices alleged by two Dumfries police officers. The complaint, made against the town and its chief of police last March, charged that non-promotion of the officers -- one to the position of captain and the other to the position of chief of police -- was evidence of racial discrimination.
The information, which the EEOC wants before Feb. 25, includes: town government policies regarding promotions, copies of job descriptions, lists of requirements and qualifications for positions, lists of people who applied for particular positions; and information on employees hired and fired by the department, including their names, races and reasons for firing if applicable.
Chief of Police Conrad LaBossiere was placed on administrative leave with pay in December pending a town investigation of administration, record-keeping and handling of evidence in its 10-officer police department.