Fire union president wants chief removed from internal and external investigations of firefighters

The president of the Lawrence firefighters union has requested in writing that Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford be removed as sole authority in investigations of internal and external complaints filed against department members.

Lt. Kathy Elkins, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 1596, contends that Chief Bradford “knowingly made false statements in reference to the incident and the investigation” that resulted in the termination of a member of the department. The employee was not identified in the letter.

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