Saturday, October 09, 1999

Fired firefighter has his job back

Relocation put him out of bounds

Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — A Hamilton firefighter who was fired for violating the department's residency requirement has his job back, but will serve a 10-shift, unpaid suspension.

        Firefighter David Barrett has moved and now complies with the residency rule, Fire Chief Lyle Moore said.

        “This issue is absolutely closed as far as I'm concerned,” the chief said. “He's being re- instated to his previous position, that's it.”

        Mr. Barrett, a driver on the department's tower truck, will have the same duties and pay.

        He was fired Sept. 13 after it was learned he had moved out of the city. The department requires firefighters to live within 12 miles of city hall or in Butler County, whichever is closer.

        Firefighters appealed Mr. Barrett's firing to the city's civil service commission, but he was reinstated before the appeal was heard.

        “That decision wasn't a decision made by the commission,” said Nadine Hill, civil service and personnel director. “The appeal was withdrawn, and that was something that was worked out between administration, Mr. Barrett and (Bill) Quinn,” president of the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association.

        City Manager Steve Sorrell was out of town and could not be reached.

        Mr. Quinn said Mr. Barrett moved back to within the residency area immediately after being notified he was outside.

        “I thought we had a good case. I was well prepared to argue it,” Mr. Quinn said. “The offer was put on the table by the city manager. It was discussed with Mr. Barrett. He made the decision to accept that punishment.”

        Mr. Barrett will return to duty in mid-October.


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