Dave Wheeler

Official with two roles faces a removal claim

Published: Thursday, May. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 2, 2013 - 8:18 am

Two Loomis residents have formally asked the California attorney general's office to step in and remove Town Councilman Dave Wheeler from either his city post or from his paid role as the local fire chief.

Some residents have questioned since Wheeler's November election whether being fire chief of the independent district – which overlaps part of Loomis – is incompatible with holding a Town Council seat.

The attorney general's office has yet to respond to the 16-page claim filed April 25.

Wheeler said he didn't agree with the claim, but declined to comment further Wednesday.

Loomis residents William Branch and Janet Thew argue that as the fire chief, who must sign off on new developments, Wheeler would be the only council member with veto power.

Call The Bee's Ed Fletcher, (916) 321-1269. Follow him on Twitter @newsfletch.

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