City employee fired after drug test

February 6, 2013 11:00:50 AM

Sarah Fowler - [email protected]


A city employee who was involved in a automobile wreck in downtown Columbus last week has been fired after testing positive for marijuana.  


The Columbus City Council voted to terminate animal control officer Robert Davis during the executive session of its meeting Tuesday night.  


Davis crashed his city vehicle on Jan. 29, after colliding with another vehicle on Main Street. According to witnesses, Davis was driving his truck south-bound on 10th Street when he pulled in front of a vehicle driving east-bound on Main Street. The force of the collision caused Davis' truck to flip onto its side. Both Davis and the other driver were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital- Golden Triangle. As part of city policy after an employee is involved in an accident, Davis was drug tested and reportedly tested positive for marijuana.  


The city of Columbus has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.  


Davis tried to turn in his resignation and was listed on Tuesday night's agenda. However, the council voted to take the matter into executive session where they decided to terminate him instead. 


Davis was one of two animal control officers with the city. He has held the position since 2008 and was paid $11.94 per hour.

Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.