Firefighter To Face Accusers Publicly

November 22, 1991|By Robert Lee | Robert Lee,Staff report

One of the Annapolis firefighters fired for alleged on-duty sexual misconduct will get a chance to face his accusers in public.

Firefighter Robert Thomas, whose internal appeals have been exhausted, was taken off the city payroll yesterday.

But City Attorney Jonathan Hodgson said Thomas has appealed his case again, this time to Annapolis' five-member Civil Service Board, appointed by Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.

Thomas' attorney, Samuel Brown, has accused Fire Chief Edward Sherlock Jr. of conducting a "witch hunt." Brown said he will call several witnesses at the hearing, including the three women who were allegedly involved in the incidents.

"There has been absolutely no corroboration of any of the information used in the investigation that led to my client's dismissal," Brown said.

Battalion Chief James Jones, who was disciplined because he allegedly knew of, but did nothing about, on-duty sexual escapades in his station six years ago, has accepted early retirement.

Lt. Kenneth Rowe has been given at least another 20 days to appeal his dismissal, while the city spells out the vague language used in his letter of termination.

Two other firefighters and two policemen received 30-day suspensions for their alleged on-duty sexual misconduct.

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