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Roy Kronk, the man who discovered Caylee Anthony’s remains fired Tuesday

October 29, 2009

roy-kronk-and-his-attorneyRoy Kronk was fired Tuesday after failing to attend a disciplinary hearing for an undisclosed issue. Kronk was presently working in Orange County Utility’s fiscal and administrative support division.

“Roy Kronk was scheduled to attend a pre-determination hearing yesterday to address issues pertaining to his employment with the County. He failed to show for the hearing, and a decision has been issued terminating his employment effective immediately,” the county wrote Kronk’s lawyer, David Evans. (Evans was being paid by the county to represent Kronk.)”Therefore, the County shall not pay any legal fees associated with representing Mr. Kronk that are incurred from this point forward.”

“We appreciate the courtesy and professionalism you have demonstrated throughout your excellent representation of Mr. Kronk,” the county’s attorney, Lichtman wrote. “Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.”

According to Ron Nielsen, interim Deputy Director of Orange County Utilities,
“He (Kronk) was basically unable to perform the essential functions of his job. I’m not at liberty to discuss the reasons why.”

Kronk was a $10.60 an hour county worker who had fame suddenly thrust upon him when he discovered the remains of Caylee Anthony.   The county hired an attorney for him and set a $10,000 limit on Evans’ bills.  Evans discounted his hourly rate by around $100 to $225 an hour, but the county still had to raise their spending limit by $2500.

Well, I’m sure we will hear the reason Kronk was fired quicker than you can blink an eye.  I hope it was because of something he CLEARLY did or didn’t do, and had nothing to do with the expense being incurred for his attorney. Otherwise, I’m sure a lawsuit will be in short-order.

read it below:

orlando sentinel

43 Comments leave one →
  1. Ideas permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:48 am

    Ooops! I guess Kronk will have to join the gravy train for income.

  2. mikka permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:48 am

    thats werid,but nothing wonder me no more in this case!

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 11:56 am

    now, Ideas–we don’t know yet if Kronk has CEV–benefit of the doubt!

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 11:57 am

    mikka–Yep, the only thing that would really surprise me in this case would be if Casey confessed or the Anthonys apologized for their behavior.

  5. mikka permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:59 am

    isamysterytome,yes,so true!

  6. mikka permalink
    October 29, 2009 12:07 pm

    now we know why he was fired!

    Kronk’s lawyer David Evans tells WESH 2 News that Kronk was fired over an issue related to worker’s compensation.

    Kronk was receiving working at a county warehouse and suffered a shoulder or neck injury.

    “There’s a dispute between Roy and the county over a job-related injury,” Evans said. “Roy is going to consider what his options are

  7. mikka permalink
    October 29, 2009 12:14 pm

    thats nice what kronk make,he dont sit at home like the anthonys!

    Mr. Kronk is evaluating his legal options relating to his termination. In the meantime, Mr. Kronk is volunteering his time to a veteran’s group in Osceola County–he is providing counseling to military veterans to help ease their adjustment to civilian life.”

  8. Laura permalink
    October 29, 2009 12:28 pm

    Hi itsa! I was just reading even the medical staff did not think he should being doing that job right now. That could be a problem for Orange County. I am guessing with workers comp and attorney fees he was just costing to much. That is really sad if all is true!

  9. October 29, 2009 12:43 pm

    well, fcol, what else to going to happen with persons involved in kc’s case?! i believe there will be a lot of books written about the repercussions of having contact with the venomous poisons emitting from kc’s far reaching tentacles. i realize his issue has nothing to do with kc, or does it?? hey all

  10. Spacely permalink
    October 29, 2009 1:07 pm

    Actually, having worked HR for a local govt, this sounds like standard operating procedure in a Worker’s Comp case. If the doctors determine you have very little chance of coming back to your full time duties, once your FMLA time runs out (and any additional FMLA like time required by your union contract), you no longer have any job protection and the employer may terminate you. It is very possible that Worker’s Comp payments continue (it all depends on the exact injuries and doc’s diagnosis) or you get some kind of lump sum settlement.

    Kronk was working some kind of light duty assignment – but that is a courtesy extended to employees to allow them to bring their pay back up to full time levels as you are usually limited to 66.66% of your gross pay when out on disability (to discourage disability fraud). Light duty is not your real job and working light duty does not protect your position.

    I would also think that working for a county govt, they most likely provided short and long disability insurance – so there is a good possibility that he was collecting on the long term by now and that might possibly continue until retirement age.

    Not sure any of this was actually newsworthy as it happens every single day all across the country. The only thing noteworthy is that he is connected to the Caylee case.

    Not sure what he was advised, but my advice would be to always attend your predetermination meetings as following the proper procedures will stretch out any remaining time you do have and it is certainly nice to pull in full time pay whenever possible.

  11. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 1:20 pm

    mikka–

    Thanks for the update. I figured we’d find out pretty quickly why he was terminated. Sounds like he’s not a bad guy–just the victim of bad luck.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 1:23 pm

    Laura–If he were let go because they thought he was costing too much, that would be too bad, but alas not surprising. I do think they tried to accommodate him by giving him a low-profile job and providing an attorney.

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 1:27 pm

    hi midget–

    I’m sure the stress of his notoriety and worrying over all the accusations that have been thrown around about him has had a toll on his health and his job performance. It has to have affected every part of his life. Not to mention the trauma of finding that baby’s remains. High stress levels tend to make a person absent-minded and accident prone.

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 1:30 pm

    Spacely,

    Thanks for that information. You is so smart!!!! We’re lucky to have you around here!

    I didn’t know how that worked. You’re right, the only reason it is newsworthy is because of Caylee. I’m sure his attorney has made this public to garner sympathy as they move forward with any action they might be contemplating.

  15. mikka permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:03 pm

    isamysterytome, my hubby is in the military,and i can say only thanks to kronk for helping for the veterans group!

  16. Hilde permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:12 pm

    To me it really doesn’t make any Difference what Mr.Kronk does in his private Life.
    He is still the one who found Caylee’s Remains, if it wouldn’t been for him who knows if Caylee would ever been found.
    It doesn’t matter if i approve of his Decisions in his Life or even if he is a like able
    Person, it is his Life and he is the one has to take the Consequences of his Decisions he makes. He really isn’t that much different from a lot of People who just aren’t
    very responsible in some Areas of their Life’s should it be Work, Money or Family just to name a few.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 2:24 pm

    mikka–my husband is a veteran and I agree with you.

  18. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 2:27 pm

    Hilde

    That is so true. I have to say, I feel very sorry for Mr. Kronk. He did the right thing, and if it weren’t for him, Caylee might still be out there. I don’t think his life has been particularly easy since his discovery.

  19. ostella permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:32 pm

    Mystery, that’s why we at The Anthony Awareness Club support the Decriminalize Roy Kronk Project! 😆

  20. Hilde permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:36 pm

    ostella~~~ 😆

  21. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 2:49 pm

    ostella-LOLOLOL–wait a minute! Am I a member of this club????? If not, I respectfully submit my application.

  22. ostella permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:00 pm

    Bees and I are co-founders, and you and Niecey are chief officers. Remember some of our other causes:

    Habitat for Zenaida Gonzales
    Free Jesse Grund Foundation
    Keep Tony Lazzaro’s “Vita” “Bella”
    Ricardo Morales is No Saint, But No Babykiller Either Fund
    Casey Ebola Virus Prevention
    Turd Herd Awareness

    I’m sure there are others I’m spacing on at the moment….

    :mrgreen:

  23. mikka permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:02 pm

    ostella 😆 😆

  24. ostella permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:13 pm

    Also,

    Squirrel Amnesty International

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Amy Huizenga (PETAH)

  25. Spacely permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:17 pm

    My personal fav:

    The CMA River Foundation
    Cry Me A River…

  26. ostella permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:19 pm

    😆 😛 😆

  27. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 3:27 pm

    Oh, yeah–now I remember. I think I’ve actually contributed a chunk of change to the Ricardo Morales is No Saint, But No Babykiller Either Fund. And of course I burned my armadillo lined warthog overalls years ago –oh, sorry–I think that was for PETA, not PETAH, but hey, everybody knows Amy’s my girl!

  28. ostella permalink
    October 29, 2009 4:53 pm

    Mystery,

    I think how it started was, a long time ago Bees got called an Anthony hater on another blog, and she came back with, “oh no you di-int just call me a hater! I’m no hater, I am Anthony Aware.” She shared the incident with me, and together we jokingly formed The Anthony Awareness Club, and all our associated causes. And the rest…is history….

    😛 Ya know, for a Chief Officer, you sure are forgetful…. 🙄 do we need to replace you? 😆

  29. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 29, 2009 5:09 pm

    It’s brain farts, ostella–just brain farts. A shameful condition but hardly a disability. Although, with a good lawyer, (is Baez available?) I think I could get away with calling it that–and then I could sue you for discrimination if you force me out! 😈

  30. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    October 30, 2009 2:34 am

    Hiya my l♥velies…Mystery I joined the same day as you did…guess your petticoat’s showing :mrgreen:

    I’m not very impressed with some comments on the media blogs about Roy.

    Had it not been for Roy the remains of Caylee may not have been found, I for one would personally like to shake his hand.
    I truly hope that there was a good reason for not attending the hearing, as Spacely points out it this appears to be an unwise move. Lets wait until we know all the facts…I’m crossing my fingers that Roy didn’t make a silly mistake. 😥

    Hugs ♥♥♥

  31. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 30, 2009 6:37 am

    I agree with you Jill. Roy is a hero in my book. Conspiracy theories are just that–theories, and missing a hearing is not a crime.

  32. niecey456 permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:18 am

    😯 Ostella, I can’t believe you have been so narrow minded and judgemental. You should be ashamed. Mystery is such a great writer and super sleuth, and a great cook and wonderful artist, so as a Chief Officer of the many orgs(along side of Mystery), I can attest that a “brain fart” is an occupational hazard that sometimes arises. :mrgreen: It comes from information overload, and is only temporary. 😉
    😆

  33. ostella permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:13 pm

    Public Service Announcement:

    Mystery and Niecey smell like brain farts.

    😆 :mrgreen: 😛

  34. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 30, 2009 1:26 pm

    Have you ever smelled a brain fart, ostella? Distinct floral scent with a hint of musk. Quite pleasant actually…

    I got your back, too, niecey girl! 😉

  35. mikka permalink
    October 31, 2009 8:22 am

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO EVERYBODY 🙂

  36. October 31, 2009 2:33 pm

    I don’t understand what Roy kronk would need to lift on a meter reading job, besides a notebook and pencil. If there is lifting involved, why can’t they give him a desk job until he heals? I think they wanted rid of him and this was just an excuse to do that.

  37. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 31, 2009 5:58 pm

    Happy Halloween to you, too, mikka!

  38. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 31, 2009 6:00 pm

    diana

    I think they had moved him to a warehouse type job or an inside job so he wasn’t out in public. I imagine it was impossible to do his job for the reporters,etc.

  39. Bees Knees permalink
    October 31, 2009 8:22 pm

    I’ve been away all week but doesn’t seem like I missed too much. Too bad about Ray Kronk. Like you, I’m grateful that he found Caylee. Anything other than that, I’m really not interested in hearing. Blah, blah, blah . . . Doesn’t matter. He found Caylee. Period. Thank you, Mr. Kronk.

  40. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 2, 2009 8:08 am

    Bees–

    Yes, his personal problems are not important. The fact that he found Caylee, is.

    The only reason any of his problems might be newsworthy would be if Casey’s defense were able to discredit him somehow. They would love it if they could somehow “prove” that his discovery of Caylee’s body was connected to something sinister. (A conspiracy to frame Casey.) I’m sure they are working very hard to do that.

  41. mikka permalink
    November 2, 2009 9:19 am

    look what bozo say in the end about tot mom theatre

  42. mike permalink
    November 2, 2009 8:57 pm

    ” NO GOOD DEED WILL GO UNPUNISHED” especially if some government has a hand in it..i.e.. Local Government agency and/or Workmans Comp..they feel they can operate above the Law and in this caseto punish for costing them money.. also their police were embarrased for their incompetence.. There’s just alot in play here..

  43. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 2, 2009 9:03 pm

    mike–I agree on all fronts (including the comment about the government!)

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