City fires Peddy, without comment

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Dismissal follows a failed mayoral bid.

Former mayoral candidate Will Peddy was fired from his position as city code enforcement officer after a seven-week investigation into claims he had lied on his resume.

“After a thorough investigation, the city has terminated Will Peddy’s employment,” said City Administrator Mary Jo Briggs Tuesday, confirming that a termination letter had been sent to Peddy late last week.

Briggs declined to say more about the investigation or Peddy’s dismissal.

Peddy could not be reached for comment, but his former campaign manager, Jim Olsen, said it was in “the realm of possibilities” that Peddy would contest the firing.

Peddy drew criticism during his unsuccessful bid for mayor after resumes he circulated to the local press contained inaccuracies, including claims he earned a degree in biology from the University of California.

Doubts were also raised about his work history and volunteer experience. Some civic involvement listed in his resume was refuted by the organizations with which he claimed to have relationships.

After the discrepencies were disclosed, Olsen said the resume inaccuracies were due to typographical and campaign staff errors. Olsen issued a new resume referring to “U.S. military service and real-life work experience as the functional equivalent of an undergraduate degree.”

But a transcript from a 2002 civil case shows Peddy making many of the now-refuted work history claims under oath.

Most of Peddy’s resume inaccuracies were exposed just days before the Sept. 20 primary election, in which Peddy received 12 percent of the vote to finish third.

Olsen hinted that Peddy may contest his firing on grounds that the investigation into his past may have been handled improperly and that the penalty is too severe. Peddy may have been unfairly targeted because of his “insider” status within City Hall, Olsen said, and because he challenged the incumbent mayor, Darlene Kordonowy.

“As a mayoral candidate, he has seen more than passing animosity,” Olsen said. “He has options he’s looking into as a member of a union. This story is not over.”

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