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October 22, 2014, 8:51 am
970 WMAY News

Tree Trimming Witness Says He Was Intimidated

The witness who blew the whistle on City Water Light and Power employees doing private work on city time says he definitely felt intimidated by one of those workers and wanted to testify against him.


A series of rescheduled hearings and communications breakdowns led to Eric Reiss not being able to testify in that disciplinary case.


Eventually, a fired worker was reinstated, in part because the claim of intimidation could not be established.


City officials had told aldermen that Reiss was not cooperative, a claim that Reiss again denied in a live interview Thursday on 970 WMAY.


Reiss accuses the city of “looking the other way” about the theft of city services, but Mayor Mike Houston says the city couldn’t pursue criminal charges because the workers did not personally profit from their actions.

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