Posted on May 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM
CLINTON - It was a promotion party which ended with a demotion.
KING 5 News has learned a state ferry worker was demoted after bringing jello shots to the Clinton Ferry terminal last March.
The employee had just earned a supervisor promotion, and brought the concoctions to celebrate. A tipster told State Ferry supervisors that two employees tried to distribute the shots.
WSDOT Human Resources code says workplace rules prohibit the "manufacturing, dispensing, use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol, unauthorized prescription drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia at department facilities."
"Once WSF management was notified, we immediately investigated the allegations. Upon conclusion of that investigation the promotion offer was withdrawn on the basis that bringing open liqueur to the work place exhibited extremely poor judgment and did not exemplify appropriate supervisor behavior. The employee did not work as a terminal supervisor at any time. WSF has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs in the workplace," said WSF spokesperson Marta Coursey.
KING 5 did contact the demoted employee Thursday night. He would neither confirm nor deny he brought the jello shots to work, and would not answer whether he, or any other state employee, consumed them at the terminal while on the clock.