Metro's George Greanias Suspended For Porn Viewing (UPDATED With Sites He Visited)
Here's a tweet you don't expect to see, from KPRC's Mary Benton:
It's a one-week suspension, she adds. More details, including specifics on which sites, are below. Greanias is not the first person who would come to mind when you think of the CEO of a huge government agency doing something like this, to be sure.
Here's Metro's official statement:
METRO President & CEO George Greanias has been suspended for one week, without pay, effective immediately. This disciplinary action followed a METRO investigation that concluded Mr. Greanias violated company guidelines on the use of electronic communications.
METRO's investigation revealed that while on his personal computer, Mr. Greanias accessed more than one dozen adult oriented sites of a sexual nature through the METRO Internet System. The access violations occurred on 14 days from February 9, 2011 to July 1, 2011.
Normally, the disciplinary action for such a violation is a verbal reprimand. Any subsequent violation could lead to more severe punishment, including termination. METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia has concluded that, as president and CEO, Mr. Greanias must be held to a higher standard, and decided instead of a warning Mr. Greanias would receive a more stringent punishment of one week suspension, without pay.
Mr. Garcia said, "George Greanias has done an excellent job in the past year and three months turning the agency around and improving transit services, morale, and community relations. However, George must be held accountable and the community must have confidence that the New METRO will be open and transparent." METRO's system to investigate this matter worked and there were no attempts to circumvent the procedures put in place to address the violation.
In a letter to employees, Mr Greanias said he made a mistake. As for the punishment,
he said, "I agree with that judgment, and I accept it willingly."
Greanias is scheduled to return to work as president and CEO on Monday, August 8th.
Greanias seems to have been looking for love in all the wrong places. Among the sites he visited on the Metro computer, according to the investigation done by the agency and released today:
"The violation was unintentional," Greanias said in a letter to Metro employees. "I thought I was using my own computer, but was in fact in Metro's system -- but it was a violation all the same. The sites I accessed were of a sexual nature -- to say the least, highly inappropriate, and embarrassing."
He continued, "It pains me beyond measure to cast any cloud on what I regard as one of the most important jobs that needs to be done for our community. I can only hope that when I return on Monday, August 8th, you will give me the chance to prove through my actions that I am the leader you can trust to make sure he successes we've already enjoyed are just the start towards a great future."