Letter lists reasons for firing firefighter

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 1, 2011

By Emily Ford
eford@salisburypost.com
The city has released the letter notifying a Salisbury firefighter that she had been fired.
The dismissal notification for Courtney Brown, who was terminated during an ongoing investigation into alleged improprieties within the Salisbury Fire Department, says she was fired for deceit and misconduct.
“Due to violations of the Rules of Conduct specific to misrepresentation of facts and willful acts of misconduct, your employment with the city of Salisbury Fire Department is terminated effectively immediately,” Fire Chief Bob Parnell said in the letter. “Any future contact with the fire department must be made to the Fire Chief and/or the city of Salisbury Human Resources Department.
“I wish you well in all future endeavors.”
Brown, 20, was fired Jan. 16.
The city released the letter Monday, which marked the end of a period during which Brown could have appealed the dismissal.
In the two days after Parnell fired Brown, Capt. Baxter “Buddy” Miller and firefighter Castleman “Chet” Hedrick were placed on administrative leave.
On Jan. 25, Miller was fired and Hedrick was suspended without pay.
City officials have not yet released Miller’s dismissal notification or disclosed the nature of the investigation.
Brown could not be reached for comment.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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