Our story in today's Bee details how Caltrans fired technician Duane Wiles 12 years ago for abusing a state credit card and using a state cellphone to make personal calls. The State Personnel Board in 1999 decided most of the charges weren't proven and the one that was didn't merit termination. It affirmed that decision in 2000 and told Caltrans to give Wiles his job back and pay back wages and benefits less a 30 calendar-day suspension without pay.
Wiles is the technician who violated key procedures while testing support structures for the new Bay Bridge span in 2006 and 2007 and falsified records on other transportation projects in 2008.
After The Bee reported the Bay Bridge matter, Caltrans announced that Wiles and his supervisor were fired. Wiles is appealing his latest termination to the SPB.
PHOTO: Duane Wiles / courtesy Caltrans