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Supporters of demoted Assistant Fire Chief still fired up

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Supporters of an Albany firefighter who appealed his firing and won say that's not enough.

City leaders say Rod Jolivette was fired as Assistant Fire Chief after he ordered an on-duty crew to clean up a relative's flooded home then lied about it. After a hearing, City Manager Alfred Lott decided to rehire Jolivette but demote him and cut his pay.

Members of People Clergy Community Involvement are still angry. Tuesday night they told commissioners the decision wasn't fair.

"PCCI has concluded that the punishment that Mr. Lott has wedged against Assistant Fire Chief Roderick Jolivette is unjust, unmerited and unacceptable," said PCCI President Reverend Eddie Bankston.

"I just feel that it should have been discussed a little bit further because this young man has 23 years invested in the city of Albany and I just don't feel you should just brush off 23 years so lightly," said Jolivette supporter Louise Primrose.

PCCI is asking city commissioners call a special meeting to review the case and reinstate Jolivette as Assistant Fire Chief. They're requesting a response from the city within 10 days.

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