Miscreant SLO building inspector appeals termination

January 28, 2020

Christopher Olcott

By KAREN VELIE

A former San Luis Obispo city inspector appealed his termination, but backed out last week just days before a scheduled hearing in which details of his firing were to be discussed, according to a city staffer.

In September, a lengthy investigation into Christopher Olcott’s work and criminal history concluded with his firing. At that time, the controversial employee was serving time in jail.

Olcott then appealed his termination, and a hearing was set for Jan. 23 and 24. At the city’s special personnel board meeting, staffers planned to discuss the reasons for Olcott’s termination, which included allegations of cheating on his time card, a lack of performance and safety concerns, a city staffer said.

Specifically, while at trial for assault, Olcott allegedly attempted to receive sick pay. After he was caught cheating on his time card, city administers ordered him not to do it again, a city staffer said. However, during his sentencing for the same assault, Olcott claimed he was at a medical appointment again seeking sick pay.

Last week, shortly before the city’s personnel board was scheduled to meet, Olcott dropped his appeal.

In 2016, after downing several drinks at Mr. Rick’s in Avila Beach, Olcott hit Camile Chavez, a special education teacher at Righetti High School, in the temple with his elbow, knocking her unconscious. Olcott then punched Chavez’s companion, Isaac McCormack, in the back of the head three times. Both Chavez and McCormack suffered concussions during the assault.

In Jan. 2018, Olcott stood trial for felony and misdemeanor charges of battery. The 13-day trial resulted in a hung jury, with at least one juror concerned with Olcott possibly losing his job over “two drunk Mexicans in a bar.”

Olcott later pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for a dismissal of the felony charge. The court sentenced Olcott to 60 days in jail with a three-year suspended sentence, and ordered him to take alcohol addiction classes.

Amid public outrage over the assault, in April 2019, City Manager Derek Johnson placed Olcott on paid administrative leave. The city then hired a private investigator to look into Olcott’s work and criminal history.

Prior to Olcott’s conviction, several coworkers voiced concerns over the inspector’s alleged workplace transgressions which included accepting a gift card from a developer after doing an inspection and for yelling at a female coworker, staffers said.

Even so, city administrators did not place the controversial employee on leave until April 2019, after CalCoastNews posted a video of the 2016 assault. City administers handed Olcott a letter of termination in Sept. 2019.


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Jorge Estrada

Since Lompoc is asking for a tax increase to cover their self induced pay raises, a reward for bad behavior, what’s unreasonable about giving back the ability to be a productive worker?


NuttyBuddy

I’d be really uncomfortable if he showed up at my job site for an inspection. An irrational hot-head makes people uncomfortable and is a liability to any employer.


Boldguy

Maybe Belsher and Petetit have an opening for this little miscreant !!!


obispan

Just give him a job with Monterey Bay Community Power and everyone will be happy.


Mjd

Ladies & Gentlemen,


Chris Olcott is a disgrace!


Chris Olcott ought to be ashamed of his behavior, and so should SLO City Manager Derek Johnson and SLO City Mayor Heidi Harmon. Both of these overblown public officials covered-up for their personal friend Chris Olcott, and all three of them ought to be shunned in our community.


The problem with people like Heidi Harmon and the whacky SLO Progressives is they pull movements like #MeToo and the Women’s March up the flagpole, but they embrace those who assault women, and they only really believe in women’s issues as a campaign tool to fool the electorate.


Just as Hillary & Bill Clinton covered for the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Derek Johnson & Heidi Harmon have worked hard to cover for the woman abuser Chris Olcott.


Speak truth to power.


shelworth

Maybe SLO PD will hire this guy, he’d fit right in.


LameCommenter

Don’t forget the SLO Fire Department reinstating or rehiring the fire fighter who beat down a man and left him in a pool of blood in a bar restroom. That reinstatement was performed by a senior fire official. What a cruel joke on taxpayers.


JordanJ

Chris Olcott socialized with his bosses, Mike Codron and Derek Johnson, and then got away with threatening female coworkers and cheating. This is an issue with city leadership. At any other job, you would be fired for taking a bribe or cheating on your time card, but with mayor Heidi Harmon living on gifts and freebees, anything goes in SLO.


mtasseff

I am not a fan of this gentleman either but I am not sure where JordanJ gets his information. Please people stick with verifiable facts.


Paso_citizen

Can someone help me find a job with the city of SLO where I can commit a crime (on tape), then be placed on admin leave for 6 months; while some bogus investigation was done, cheat on my timecard, claim bogus sick leave, etc. etc??

I’ll also want full retirement benefits, including CalPERS.

Help me please – I need a job like this.


mtasseff

They do all the time in the private sector and no one cares.