Saturday, October 09, 1999

Fired firefighter has his job back


Relocation put him out of bounds

BY DAVID ECK
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 “The appeal was withdrawn, and that was something that was worked out between administration, Mr.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.

       



Listen to your child's learning clues
Prosecutor: Cop led 'double life'
Tornado victims wait for repairs
Community rises from the debris
Sirens installed after tornado
Plaque doesn't end pain of UC radiation case
Radiation controversy outlasts lawsuit
Chronology of radiation study
Big projects aren't key to city's rebirth, expert advises
Football team visits, plays with Drake patients
Man gets life for 1985 killing
Online 'search angels' help people find loved ones
Patton: Penalize teen-age smokers
Rev. Lowery criticizes senators for blocking nominee for judge
World Peace Bell may ring worldwide
Cathedral caretaker oversees all
GET TO IT
3 admit guilt in corruption, tax case
Covington mayor race is off to an early start
- Fired firefighter has his job back
Investigation prompts officials to check on foster children
Kroger home glistens again
Principal's exit bittersweet
Section of Regional Highway to open today
Store seen as symbol of renewal
Tiny Corwin repays big debt
TRISTATE DIGEST
Wedding brought to you by sponsors
Welfare rolls net fugitives