Plant worker wants his job back

May 23, 2002 12:00 am

Dennis Dooley was hired last October as the Angels Camp chief water treatment plant operator.

He says he was "terminated." But Judy King, Angels Camp administrative assistant, said Dooley's position had a one-year probationary period. It ended, and the city declined to hire him by the end of the period.

Dooley, at Tuesday's Angels Camp City Council meeting, said he asked to be placed on the council agenda to appeal "my termination as a city employee ... or that I be notified that my appeal has been denied."

When no such item appeared on the agenda, he repeated his request, and Mayor Debbie Ponte said he would receive a response. She did not elaborate.

Reached Wednesday at his home, Dooley said "I was terminated. I got the word April 29. I'm not ready to talk about it."

Dooley, who has been a city resident for 30 years, left a job as treatment plant specialist with the East Bay Municipal Utility District to work for Angels Camp.

King said the city has hired Carol Woolf as interim chief operator. She started Dec. 3, and, like Dooley, will be a probationary employee for a year.