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Former Albany Assistant Fire Chief files lawsuit

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Suspended Albany Firefighter Roderick Jolivette has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Albany and Fire Chief James Carswell, claiming city leaders conspired against him because he's black.

Jolivette is asking for a return of his job and rank, back pay and compensation for mental anguish and humiliation.

The former Assistant Fire Chief was first fired, but later re-instated and demoted for ordering firefighters to help clean up flood damage in a relative's home.

Jolivette was arrested in August 2009 for impersonating a police officer during a traffic stop in Chattahoochee County. He is suspended without pay pending his trial. His next hearing is scheduled for late summer.

Albany city officials declined to comment on the suit.

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