Denver cadet program manager fired for behavioral issues

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Kim Fresquez

DENVER — The director of Denver’s Public Safety Cadet Program was fired this week after allegations of bullying, inappropriate touching and poor behavior on the job, according to a disciplinary letter released by the city.

Kim Fresquez was fired Monday after an investigation that started in June. Fresquez led the program since August 2015.

In June, a cadet filed a complaint with Executive Director of Safety Stephanie O’Malley that alleged Fresquez was a bully and made inappropriate comments. She was placed on leave in July.

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The investigation found “numerous instances of unprofessional and inappropriate conduct since taking over the Cadet Program in September of 2015,” according to the dismissal letter.

Numerous instances of inappropriate touching of cadets was also reported. Fresquez was described as being “handsy” and the investigation found Fresquez showed favoritism to cadets. The city also found Fresquez used inappropriate language.

There were also numerous instances in which cadets were forced to work more than 40 hours a week without receiving overtime.

Fresquez has until Sept. 27 to file an appeal of the firing.

 

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