City supervisor with history of intimidating coworkers demoted after calling one 'mother-----r'

Records show Frank Mery involved in at least 7 workplace altercations since 2010

By Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A city of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department supervisor with a long history of workplace intimidation was demoted this summer, after a city investigation determined that he squared off with a coworker and called him a "mother-----r."

Human resources records provided to the KSAT 12 Defenders describe employee Frank Mery as a "hothead" who has been involved in at least seven altercations with coworkers since 2010.

In late May, Mery and a coworker were accused of squaring off a foot apart and "staring at each other like two boxers before a boxing match."

Before the two employees could be separated, several co-workers heard Mery call the other man a "mother-----r."

City records confirm Mery served a five-day suspension in 2014 after an investigation determined he had a history of antagonizing subordinates.

Among the previous workplace incidents involving Mery:

  • August 13, 2010: Verbal altercation with a subordinate.
  • February 13, 2014: Yelled at a female coworker.
  • February 14, 2014: Toe-to-toe yelling match with a coworker. Other employees stepped in before it escalated to workplace violence.
  • March 4, 2014: Burst into a panel interview for a maintenance crew leader.
  • March 18, 2014: Yelled at a group of employees using a Bobcat to move large rocks.
  • March 20, 2014: Yelled at an employee for using the restroom.

As part of the demotion from the supervisory position of horticulturist to gardener, Mery was forced to accept a more than 7 percent reduction in salary.

It is not clear if the other employee involved in the May 2018 incident was disciplined.

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