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For those of you unaware of the situation, I've included at the end of
this message the text from the NSPE Engineering Review, which describes
the sad case of Ed Turner,
an engineer who worked for the City of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  The city
required him to stamp plans he didn't think he should stamp, and he
refused to do so, a total of 36 times.  Mr. Turner was demoted for his
insubordination, and subsequently resigned.  He is now suing the city
for their treatment of him.

This seems like a fine opportunity for each of us to help out one of our
own and to protect the profession in the process.  The Idaho Society of
Professional Engineers has set up a fund so that folks can donate to
help Mr. Turner out with his legal expenses. Please send donations made
payable to the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. Be sure to put a
reference on the check that this is for the Ed Turner Fund.  The
donations don't have to be much.  Five or ten dollars each from enough
folks would, I'm sure, be quite a help.

The address is:

600 South Orchard, Suite B
Boise, ID  83705

Nigel Mends, PE
Montana Society of Engineers

1. From Engineering News-Record, "Defiant Engineer Draws Praise," by
Richard Korman, p. 10, 4/13/98: A former city engineer's refusal to
stamp plans has led to a $100,000 lawsuit against the city of Idaho
Falls, according to ENR. According to the report, professional engineer
Ed Turner claims he lost his job because he refused to stamp plans
by others in a way that he contends would have violated state law and
engineering ethics.
       After being demoted, Turner was stripped of his supervisory
duties, which were given to a non-engineer. The city still required
Turner to seal plans, and on approximately 36 occasions, he refused to
do so,
according to ENR. Later, Turner retired, and last June he filed suit
against the city for wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and
defamation. The
lawsuit, reports ENR, may shed light on the issue of "responsible
charge" and whether a PE must formally supervise those who prepare plans

the PE must stamp. Turner's lawsuit is scheduled for trial in November,
says ENR.