Former chief Finn only one to blame for termination
In 2013, Tom Finn claimed he was fired over fallout for making a heroic stand against an alleged motorcycle gang. If Finn made such a stand, no one noticed because he was hiding behind a tan wall of Metro police. Initially blaming a subordinate for a plan to conceal public records, he quickly claimed vindication after prosecutors declined criminal prosecution.
This year, Finn fancies himself an anti-corruption cop who was fired for ferreting out malfeasance at the highest levels. Both self-serving excuses quickly crumble upon cursory inspection. If Finn was fired because of filing an ethics complaint (10 months after a council vote), the only coincidence was his ability to grasp a wisp of straw while being ejected from his $143,000-a-year “part-time” job.
Perhaps the real reason for Finn’s termination began in November 2012. In a panic to pre-empt a union vote of no confidence, Finn filed a scatter-gun lawsuit against a local attorney, the Boulder City city attorney, a city councilman, a police sergeant and a retired police sergeant.
Finn called a news conference announcing his lawsuit the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving, using the long weekend to delay response from city officials. Embarrassing his own department and Boulder City, Finn claimed to be the victim of a conspiracy.
Immediately thereafter, he went on a three-week European vacation, but not before sworn officers submitted a no-confidence vote of 15-7; nonsworn employees voiced an overwhelming majority vote of no confidence.
Finn lost his lawsuits and has not paid court-ordered attorney fees, except for salary garnishments before his termination.
Finn is a man of immense ability and talent. I should know. I am the retired police sergeant Finn sued. At one time — for a short while — I was his second-in-command.
Neither the Mongols nor Cam Walker caused Finn’s termination. Finn secured his own future by misusing his God-given talents to raze an institution instead of building one.
Hospital staff praised for care during emergency
I’m writing this letter to the editor of the Boulder City Review in regards to the care I received in Boulder City.
My name is Richard Corbit, age 86, a World War II veteran from northern Idaho. During long winters, I travel down to Boulder City to visit my daughter and son-in-law.
Three years ago, back in Idaho, I started getting symptoms and it lead to getting a triple bypass (heart surgery). I recently started getting the same symptoms: shortness of breath and having no energy. These were the exact symptoms I had before my surgery.
Recently, in my time in Boulder City, I have been to a heart specialist and all these tests came back negative. I still had problems with breathing and it felt like it was becoming worse up until Feb. 21.
I went straight to the emergency hospital in Boulder City. Dr. William Harrington did two tests — an EKG and X-ray — and Dr. Joanne Leovy came within one hour and found out the problem. They kept me overnight to observe the medications I was on.
I started to feel better within two days and got home having to breath with the support of extra oxygen and medications.
I have been in a few hospitals in my time and I can honestly say the treatment and care I was given was truly professional. I have heard about the bad reputation they have, but they answered the emergency call fast and dealt with it quickly.
I’d like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff very much for the great care they gave me.
Thanks offered for finding home for dad’s dog
I’d like to give a special thank you to the Boulder City Review, the Charles Berkheimer family, a Home 4 Spot, Diana England, the employees of the Nevada State Veterans Home and everyone else for helping us find a home for Dali, my father’s Lhasa apso.
I’d also offer gratitude to the staff at the veterans home for all they do to help veterans have a comfortable home. They are dong a wonderful job caring for my dad, and they have done all possible to help him make the transition from his house to theirs.
Since the veterans home in Boulder City is the only one in Nevada, it usually has a 98 percent occupancy.