If you’ve been reading The ‘Ville Voice for any length of them, you’re familiar with the Metro Parks whistleblower – the guy who caught Parks director Mike Heitz repeatedly driving drunk in a city-owned vehicle. You’re familiar with the fact that Heitz was barely reprimanded and the whistleblower, Joey Sears, was terminated and retaliated against by Greg Fischer’s administration. We’ve covered it extensively.
You also know that the credibility of Sears’ AFSCME 2629 union steward – the son of a Fischer Administration employee responsible for human resources work – has been questioned by this site and others. Primarily based on videos he’s posted on YouTube – by him. You’re also likely familiar with the nasty things they’ve said and done to Sears as a result of his honesty.
So what’s happening now? AFSCME 2629 is threatening Sears with legal action.
Get a load of this letter they sent him:
Dear Mr Sears
I am writing on behalf of AFSCME Local 2629 to demand that you immediately cease and desist from publicly defaming Union steward Nick Keene. As a Union attorney I am sorry to learn of your recent discipline and assure you that the Union will take every step to ensure that the collective bargaining agreement is defended but, we will not tolerate the false and unfair statements you have made about its steward
A person commits defamation in Kentucky when he makes a defamatory statement about the plaintiff that is published and causes injury to reputation (Stringer v,Wal-Mart Stores inc 151 S,W.3d 791,793 9ky.2004) Defamatory statements published on websites are actionnable and if made about Mr. Keen will be addressed by the Union.
Please note the we will initiate a legal action to defend Mr. Keen should you choose to ignore this demand if you have any questions feel free to call or write.
Very truly yours
David O’Brien Suetholz
Cc: Wesley Stover
Note: Stover is the president of Local 2629
No specifics were included – because there are none. And because Local 2629 knows it not only can’t prove Sears defamed his union steward – it can’t do anything to get the egg off its face.
What’s interesting, really, is that we’ve reviewed all comments Sears has left on this site and everything that’s been written about Nick Keene – the union steward. From YouTube videos of him pretending to be some gangster thug to comments left by other Metro Government employees, next to nothing has been said about him that wasn’t based on his job title, his responsibilities as a union steward or the things he said in videos that he posted. The only nasty comments we’ve found come from Keene, comments his friends attempted to leave and those left by Nancy Ray as she pretended to be someone else. All were attacking Sears, defaming him, fabricating information that we were able to prove inaccurate – all in an attempt to further tarnish him, harm his credibility and retaliate against him for uncovering the corruption and deceit within the Metro Parks system.
2629 should be ashamed. The entire operation has floundered since Greg Frazier left the Local to work on the state level in Frankfort.
The absolute best thing that could happen right now? The union could sue Sears and open not only itself up for deposition – but all of the shady Metro Government and various Metro Parks employees involved. Can you imagine how many buttholes in Greg Fischer’s office are puckering at the mere thought of that?
Since last night, three prominent attorneys have reached out. One a former elected official with more respect in the court system than most anyone in the state. It’s only a matter of time until an attorney who isn’t afraid of Fischer Administration retaliation decides to push this case of whistleblowing and retaliation.
It’s the perfect opportunity for Republicans to pick their Democratic foes off one by one and you know it’ll happen.
If you’re an attorney who wants to do the right thing? Email me (Jake) privately and directly. I’ll put you in touch with Sears.