Vague rules kept Ind. fire captain from being fired
Chief tried to fire 26-year veteran for consuming alcohol after meeting and before returning to work at station
By Arek Sarkissian II
The Evansville Courier & Press
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The vagueness of an Evansville Fire Department policy was a factor in the Fire Merit Commission's decision Wednesday to overrule Fire Chief Mike Connelly's recommendation to fire Capt. Al Lindsey, according to commission member Talmadge Vick. The department's policy governing the amount of time a firefighter such as Lindsey, who is the 6th Ward Councilman, may take to serve as an elected official was ambiguous and left too much room for error, Vick said Thursday.
He said the department's policy on excused absences did not have extensive coverage on firefighters such as Lindsey. The Evansville City Council meets at least two times a month, and meetings can last hours depending upon the agenda.
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