Former County Fire Chief Files Lawsuit


The former Darlington County Fire Chief is considering filing a lawsuit against the county after being fired from the job he held for three years. Robert Watkins is allegedly thinking of filing a civil lawsuit against the county for conspiracy, defamation of character and freedom of speech.

Watkins was fired from his job as county fire chief in June. According to officials from the county the former fire chief had failed to obey instructions. The county council chairman told reporters at the time: “He was released because of insubordination, and that’s all I know.”

It was later learned at a grievance hearing that the termination stemmed from a problem with the sale of two fire trucks to another county. The former fire chief removed equipment from the trucks that should have been included in the sale. The termination of employment was upheld by the grievance committee at that time.

As well as naming Darlington County as a defendant in the lawsuit, an attorney for Mr Watkins confirmed that a number of other defendants would be named. No further details have been released.


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