Former Fire Chief Files Lawsuit Against the City and EFD

Published 08/28 2014 10:10PM

Updated 08/28 2014 10:12PM

Strong allegations being made against the city of Evansville and its fire department. A firefighter and former EFD chief files a lawsuit, claiming he was demoted after reporting a potential misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Former Fire Chief Keith Jarboe filed a lawsuit against current Fire Chief Mike Connelly, the Evansville Fire Merit Commission, and the city of Evansville. The lawsuit claims the city violated Jarboe's First Amendment rights and his rights under Indiana's "Whistleblower" Law.

This came after Jarboe tipped off city council members that high ranking fire department officials were allegedly not calculating their own overtime and vacation hours properly. Jarboe gave documents to the president of Firefighters Local 357, who gave them to city council members.

Jarboe claims Chief Connelly demoted him after he shared the documents.  Jarboe is asking for unspecified damages to his reputation, emotional and mental distress, lost wages, and punitive damages.

Eyewitness News tried to get in touch with Jarboe, Connelly, and the city of Evansville. Our calls have not been returned.

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