County manager upholds firing of beach patrol officer

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, VOLUSIA

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen has upheld the firing of Todd Snipes, a former beach safety captain. The county’s personnel board voted 3-2 on Nov. 5 for Dinneen to consider a lesser punishment in Snipe’s case.

131114_dt_focus01In a document provided to the Daytona Times, Dinneen states that “after careful consideration, I find that termination is the appropriate penalty due to the undisputed actions of the appellant and the serious nature of some of those actions.’’

Snipes, along with his attorney Jason Harr, had appealed his firing before the county personnel board and the board ruled in their favor. Snipes was fired on Aug. 9. He was released for texts and picture messages he posted on Facebook after the George Zimmerman verdict.

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In a 3-2 vote, the personnel board stated that the officer had committed a personnel violation but the offense warranted a level of discipline below termination.

Dinneen had the option to accept, reject or modify the board’s recommendation.

Volusia County Beach Safety Director Mark Swanson received information on July 16 that Snipes had sent derogatory racial texts and picture messages to several individuals relating to the Zimmerman case.

A Facebook Snipes had posted on July 14 read, “Another thug gone! Pull up your pants and act respectful. Bye Bye thug, rip,’’ a response to the Zimmerman second-degree murder trial.

Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13 in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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