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Fire Captains suing city

November 18, 2002

Camilla - Two Camilla Fire Captains are suing the city and city manager. Both men are claiming racial discrimination. The two black Fire Captains were denied a promotion to Fire Chief.

Roger Clayton and Jeffrey Gardner say they were passed over for promotion last year because of their race. And Clayton's lawsuit caught the Chief off guard. Fire Chief, David Irwin, says, "I was not aware of anything going on, being said or unhappy. He always did the best job I wanted to be done. I was shocked."

Chief Irwin also works in the fire department for the Marine Corp. The lawsuits complain that he should not have been hired from the outside and that the job should have gone to Clayton or Gardner because they already worked there.

The city would not comment because of the lawsuit.

posted at 5:20PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com