Management responds quickly to gunfire incident at DMV office – Sept 2019
August 13, 2019
Management responds quickly to gunfire incident at DMV office
BY KATE MOSTACCIO
Imagine arriving at work to find someone had opened fire on your office building.
PEF-represented employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles Office at 855 Central Ave. in Albany were among the DMV and Planned Parenthood staff who arrived to work July 23 to learn that bullets had been fired at the building sometime overnight.
Division 211 Council Leader Ralph Mabb III said there are not many PEF-represented DMV staff at that office but he spoke to a member assigned to the district office at a recent clambake and PEF has been closely monitoring the situation. “We were very alarmed,” he said. “It did impact employees. It would impact anyone, coming to work and seeing bullet holes. Employees were shaken up. Rightfully so.”
Mabb said management at the DMV has done well in the wake of the incident. “I feel how management reacted was satisfactory,” he said. “It was employees who discovered it when they came into work. Management had an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) coordinator on site that day.”
Mabb said management even went a step further. “Separate and aside, management and the commissioner went down in the days following the incident and brought a pizza lunch,” he said.
Overall, Mabb said, everyone is in a holding pattern. “We’ve done our due diligence. We’ve been having some workplace violence meetings about it,” he said. “I’m also putting employee safety on our state Labor-Management agenda.”
Albany Police have released images of an individual wanted in connection with the incident.
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