A Henderson police dispatcher has been fired for referring to the woman who tipped authorities to a major chlorine leak as a "bimbo."
"Our dispatchers are trained in proper procedures, and they know those lines are taped," City Manager Phil Speight said Monday in announcing the termination. "I don't think we need to warn our people."The dispatcher gained national attention after telling a counterpart with the Las Vegas Fire Department that some "bimbo" had called about a chlorine leak, then using another derogatory reference to the caller.
The tipster called before dawn May 6, to report the smell of chlorine in the city's industrial area. In the hours that followed, a major leak at Pioneer Chlor Alkali Co. forced thousands of people from their homes and sent more than 300 to area hospitals.
City Manager Phil Speight and Police Chief Jim Goff met with the dispatcher for 90 minutes Monday, then Speight upheld Goff's recommendation that she be terminated from the department.
Speight declined to discuss the meeting in detail, saying the woman still had the right to appeal her firing.
The dispatcher, whose name has not been released, was accompanied Monday by a representative of the Teamsters Union, the labor organization representing Henderson dispatchers.
Speight said the woman was fired because of "conduct unbecoming a city employee and for failing to follow proper procedure."
Speight said the woman apologized for her comments but offered no reason for making them.
The woman made the derogatory comments in relaying the call to the Las Vegas Fire Department.