Mayor Suspends Metro Parks Director
Tuesday October 25, 2011
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he has suspended Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz for 30 days and has taken away his city-issued vehicle after Heitz drank alcohol and then attempted to drive the car.
The announcement came the day after WAVE-TV observed and videotaped Heitz drinking at a local restaurant and then getting behind the wheel of his city vehicle in preparation to drive. Heitz, questioned by reporter Eric Flack, did not drive and took another ride home.
“This is a serious issue, and I will not tolerate city employees potentially endangering the lives of innocent people,” Fischer said.
Heitz announced today that he will enter an alcohol treatment program during his 30-day suspension.
“I made a mistake and there is simply no excuse for it,” Heitz said. “I apologize to the Mayor, to the Metro Parks staff and, most importantly, to my family and the citizens for this lapse in judgment.”
Fischer announced that Parks Assistant Director Marty Storch will assume the role of interim director until Heitz’s return. Fischer also announced that he will require everyone with a city-issued car to undergo training about their responsibilities.