Since I am asking for more transparency from our leaders during my Campaign for Selectman, I feel it is important to set an example. An exhaustive internet search of my name may produce some information about an incident 11 years ago while I was a federal law enforcement officer. I include this information here, as well as my response;
As a Marine, the first thing you learn in boot camp is to follow commands immediately and without question. Understandably, questioning a command on the battlefield can prove fatal in combat. Naturally, following orders without hesitation continued into my federal law enforcement career after I left the military.
I was given an order by my Lieutenant to remove and secure all unlisted inventory and weapons from the armory temporarily, including any personal weapons (mine and my colleagues). At the time, this storage was SOP (standard operating procedure), similarly to the Marine’s Corps storage policies, and had been given similar orders by my Lieutenant previously. At the time, our department Command was under investigation for not adhering to policies and procedures, and needless to say, soon our Lieutenants were included in this investigation.
During the investigation, I answered questions honestly and openly and was offered the right to “whistle blower” status. At the time, I did not feel this was necessary as the investigation was focused on Command. Later I learned that armory inventory would become the pivotal point in the investigation of the entire department and the order I was given and followed was not the department’s policy. I was notified that I would be terminated as a result.
I was offered an opportunity to resign and walk away with a clean record. I naively thought that my Lieutenant would stand up for me and make it clear that I was following orders. He did not. I was angry and felt deceived and chose to appeal the dismissal (see link to public record of appeal above).
While I lost the appeal and the opportunities I would have had in a career federal law enforcement, I believe my integrity was more important than that job. I had to keep pushing forward in life and learned to set new goals. As a result, I created my now 10-year-old business and most importantly have a closer bond and relationship with my daughter, both things I would not change.