This website is for information purposes to notify the residents of Garden Valley, Kelsey and Greenwood of the corruption, criminal history, sexual deviant acts by current fire chief Bill Dekker, current firefighters, fire board members and a former fire board chairman of the Garden Valley Fire Department.
Your taxpayer dollars are funding this past and continued discrimination, corruption, bigotry and hatred.
The Garden Valley Fire Department is a mismanaged, bigoted and crooked fire district located in El Dorado County California. It is suppose to serve the taxpayers of these communities, but the people responsible for it's management have had other hidden personal and financial agendas and goals. This website is updated often due to the constant ongoing corruption, at taxpayer expense, that is discovered at this fire department. Check back often to see updates.
The emergency response area of this fire district consists of approximately 60 square miles bordered in the north by the town of Georgetown and to the south by the city of Placerville. This Fire district has 3 fire stations. The main staffed station (Station #51) is located at 4860 Marshall rd, Garden Valley Ca 95633. They have an outlying volunteer station located at 9751 Highway 193, Kelsey Ca 95667 (Station #52) and another at 3813 Highway 193, Greenwood Ca 95635 (Station #53).
This corruption began in November 2007 when Fire Chief Bill Dekker was hired by this Fire District as Fire Chief. Bill Dekker, Assistant Chief Linda Szczepanik and elected Fire Board members hid Dekker's Criminal, Sexual Deviant and Alcoholic background from the Public. Dekker's background was uncovered after a Garden Valley Fire Captain contacted Lyon County Nevada and Pine Arizona where he had served as fire chief. After Dekker's hiring at Garden Valley Fire Department, he discovered that this same fire captain was gay and that this fire captain had discovered Dekker's extensive criminal, sexual and corrupt background. This fire captain also questioned the illegal manner in which Dekker had been hired. Because of this, Fire chief Dekker conspired with assistant fire chief Linda Szczepanik and former Fire board chairman Rick Nelson to frame and then terminate this employee by blaming him for pornography that was placed on a work computer by Dekker and Szczepanik. Dekker and Szczepanik took the fire captains work computer hard drive, after they terminated him, and manipulated it by creating an email account and fabricating sexually explicit emails that they could later blame the fire captain for.
This fire captain had been employed with the department for over 17 years and had an excellent work history with numerous commendations. This fire captain was able to hire a computer forensic expert and prove that some of this pornography was linked to 2 other fire captains working at the fire department. The computer forensic expert also proved that the remaining sexually explicit content and emails were fabricated on a date well after the gay fire captain had been terminated and while the computer hard drive was in the possession of Bill Dekker. It wasn't until a year after this forensic information was brought forward, that they were forced to terminate fire captain Buchmiller, but yet to this date, they maintain the employment of the other fire captain linked to this pornography.
When the Garden Valley Fire District secretary complained about the discrimination and illegal treatment of this gay fire captain and of her being sexually harassed by Dekker, she was then terminated by Dekker and the fire board. Dekker then immediately hired Joe Cleaver as the new fire district secretary. Joe Cleaver is the spouse of the current assistant chief named Linda Szczepanik. Dekker then lied and stated that the secretary that was let go was being terminated due to budget constraints, yet that year the fire department hired a new paid firefighter and had over a $300,000 surplus.
These terminations of employees by Dekker and Fire Board members were discriminatory, harassing, retaliatory and bigoted. They also are considered to be hate crimes. Both of these employees took legal action over this illegal behavior by these employees and fire board members costing the fire district over $500,000 of taxpayer money in legal fees and settlement costs.
Read further on this website to see the details of fire chief Bill Dekker's criminal, corrupt, alcoholic, sexual deviant and gay hating background. Also read about the corruption of the fire board and the criminal history of board member Dave Souza.