Detroit: Zero Tolerance Beats Doing the Right Thing

15 May 2012, 20:53 CDT


Detroit groundskeeper fired after finding loaded gun, handing it to cops

A Detroit groundskeeper, who turned in a loaded handgun he found hidden in weeds while working, was fired by the Wayne County Department of Public Services, reports.

John Chevilott, who is just two years shy of retirement, found the loaded snub-nosed revolver on May 3 when he and his crew were mowing a lawn in Wayne County. Chevilott secured the gun, waiting for police to drive by so he could hand it over to them.

But, according to the station, the Detroit police never did pass by, so Chevilott finished his work that day, drove the gun home and later that same evening turned it into his local police department.

He says the cops ran the gun and discovered the weapon had been stolen from St. Clair Shores in 2005.

“They said I did the right thing getting it off the street,” Chevilott told

However, Chevilott’s superiors at the Wayne County Department of Public Services had a much different opinion. His foreman, who had knowledge of the situation, was suspended for 30 days, and after 23 years on the job, Chevilott was fired for violating department policies.

According to a Wayne County spokeswoman and the rules, employees aren’t allowed to possess a weapon on work property.

Chevilott says he didn’t bring a weapon to work. He found it on the job.

“There is no policy. I’ve never seen a policy what to do if we find a gun out here. So, all I did was secure the situation to make sure nobody else got hurt or killed.”

Two years away from retiring, and the guy gets fired for doing the right thing – most likely stripped of his pension saving cash-strapped Detroit how much?  One has to wonder if the financial impact of cutting off a 23 year employee 24 months away from his retirement factored in and was just too good of an excuse.  Setting that aside for a moment, as if the motor city needs more unemployment?

This is what happens when zero tolerance leftist policies, devoid of any sanity or reason, rule the day.  This is one rare case where I hope the guy sues the city and wins.  Big time.

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