Michigan Worker Fired After Turning In Gun Found On The Job

worker fired for finding gun

Sometimes it doesn't pay to do the right thing. Just ask John Chevilott, a former public-works employee in Wayne County, Mich., who earlier this month found a loaded, snubnosed revolver while mowing grass in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, turned it in and was promptly fired.

"It was damaged, so it could've went off. Surprisingly, it didn't kill the guy on the mower," he told Detroit TV station WJBK. Chevilott (pictured at left) said the crew was waiting for Detroit police to swing by and pick up the gun, but they never showed.

So the veteran employee of the Department of Public Services did what he thought was the right thing: Finished the job and then turned the gun into police later the same evening.

Police told Chevilott he did the right thing by getting the gun off the streets, he said. A check revealed that it had been stolen from a nearby suburb in 2005.

Where he ran into trouble is with his superiors, who saw things rather differently.

A Wayne County spokeswoman told WJBK that according to department rules employees aren't allowed to possess a weapon on work property.

So after 23 years -- just two shy of retirement -- Chevilott was fired for violation of department policies, even though he found the gun while on the job and didn't bring it to work. His foreman, who knew about the incident, was suspended for 30 days.

WJBK reports that Chevilott, who wants his job back, was also fired for insubordination and unauthorized access to the department's road yard.

The union representing Chevilott, Local 101, has filed a grievance and intends to fight all three accusations.

Union President Thomas Richards told the TV station, "There's never been any policy brought to light on what we should do when they find a weapon."

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Make a difference in this man's life: Sign the petition to get this man his job back: http://www.change.org/petitions/wayne-county-michigan-give-john-chevilott-his-job-back#

May 30 2012 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

never do the right thing or tell the truth, it doesnt pay

May 30 2012 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

is this story real???? it is too stupid to believe that they would justify firing anyone for what he did. SMH.

May 30 2012 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Apparently they were just waiting for some one to do something so they could fired them. Not only should he get his job back, but they need to cut him a check for firing him in the first place. I would like to know who approved that decision.

May 29 2012 at 4:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to LusciousDC's comment

Matter of fact; the one who made the decision should be fired for being stupid.

May 29 2012 at 4:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply


sign a petition at change.org for this man to get his job back!

May 29 2012 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

GOvernment morons.

May 29 2012 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevyn Jordan

I guess it all depends on what the company's definition of "possess" and "work property" are in comparison to the court's. :) Shame on these people for trying to cheat this hard working guy out of his retirement after 23 years of employment with them!! Last time I checked, employees with insubordination issues don't usually last that long with one company. They really put their foot in their mouths with this one!

May 29 2012 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Union reps will hopefully help this guy and his supervisor out.

May 29 2012 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhiannon Fitzgerald

No doubt in my mind. The guy had a few enemies that seized the day and if it meant they got to shaft him out of his retirement benes then that was just icing on the cake. Anyone and everyone involved needs to go down hard. Thank heaven's he's got a union but he needs a private lawyer too, do the right thing and get shafted but you also have to wonder why the police never showed up...did anyone call more than once?

May 29 2012 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To all the suspicious turds on other blogs above who say there is something fishy about what Mr. Chevillot did , are nasty NRA zealots. The only thing fishy is why the Wayne County Dept would fire a man just 2 years shy of his 25 year retirement. In Detroit, where discarded guns and pistols likely out number stray cats and homeless people, this should have been no surprise to find one in tall grass.

May 29 2012 at 9:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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