Firing of Atlanta Arborist Reaffirmed

The inquiry into the firing of City of Atlanta arborist Tom Coffin has concluded that his firing was justified.

On Monday, the city’s human resources director wrote a letter to Coffin that said he was fired by the city’s Planning and Community Development Department “as a result of an unwillingness or inability to work in a team environment.” The three-page letter says Coffin reinspected properties checked out by co-workers without his supervisor’s approval, unnecessarily issued “punitive citations” as the primary means of tree conservation and that he too frequently sought reprimands against his subordinates instead of trying to mentor them.

Coffin has said he will sue for wrongful termination.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by jojo on February 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    No justice for Coffin. He sealed his lid going after Franklin and Ainsley–both Black. Now that is a no-no
    in Atlanta

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