Jeremy Broadwater, the son of former Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater and at the center of the city’s nepotism scandal, is on leave from his job as a city firefighter, according to city officials.
Broadwater, who has been a firefighter since October 2013, has been off work since July 25 and is receiving workers’ compensation benefits, said Human Resources Director Laura Stover. City officials do not have an anticipated date of his return, Stover added.
Broadwater’s hiring as a firefighter sparked accusations that he was hired despite several misdemeanors on his record and allegedly failing key interviews during the hiring process. The Orange County District Attorney’s office initiated an investigation into nepotism at the city last December.
Amid the heavy scrutiny, department brass temporarily pulled Broadwater from his firefighter duties and placed in a desk job. Interim Fire Chief Warren Hartley eventually returned him to firefighting duties.
Before becoming a firefighter, Broadwater worked for years as a part-time, temporary employee, patrolling city parks for the Community Services department.
Some inside the fire department told independent investigators last year that Broadwater had been “subject to hazing and more detailed performance reviews than other probationary firefighters.”
Stover said the city is unable to release information about whether or not Broadwater has filed harassment complaints.
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