ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The fight continues to get a fired Albany Assistant Fire Chief rehired but the city stands by the decision. They've also formally responded to charges of discrimination.
Rod Jolivette was fired for ordering an on-duty fire crew to help remove carpet and furniture from his aunt and uncle's flooded home. He also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was passed over for a promotion in favor of a less-qualified white man last year.
In a written response released Tuesday, the city claimed Jolivette scored much lower than two other candidates during a rigorous interview process and didn't file a formal complaint until after he was fired.
Tuesday night, dozens of people crowded the Albany city commission meeting to support Jolivette and ask that he be reinstated. They say he was just helping others. "This is what firemen do. I don't care if it is his parents or who he assists. That's what firemen do. They help one another," said Reverend John Burr to commissioners.
City commissioners told Jolivette's supporters there's really nothing they can do. The city's response to the EEOC complaint states that Jolivette was fired because he abused his authority and lied during an investigation into the matter.
Jolivette has appealed his termination to City Manager Alfred Lott. A hearing is scheduled for June 8th.
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