3 Gardiner firefighters punished for inappropriate conduct

Posted Feb. 10, 2012, at 10:54 a.m.

GARDINER, Maine — A captain and a union president are among three Gardiner firefighters disciplined by the city last month because they engaged in inappropriate conduct against another city employee.

According to city documents released Thursday, all three received a one-year suspended termination, meaning they can be fired immediately if they violate city policy again. Discipline also included demotion and unpaid suspensions.

Capt. Richard Sieberg, Andrew Santheson and union president Dustin Barry were back on the job as of Jan. 10.

City manager Scott Morelli tells the Kennebec Journal that he cannot disclose the exact nature of their actions, but they were not criminal in nature. The firefighters could not be reached for comment.