Two Gary firefighters file complaints about new chief
By Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 August 16, 2012 5:38PM
Updated: September 18, 2012 6:20AM
GARY — Two veteran firefighters displeased with decisions made by new Fire Chief Teresa Everett will present their arguments at a formal hearing next month.
The Gary Fire Civil Service Commission agreed to investigate verified complaints submitted by former Fire Chief Jeff Ward and former Deputy Chief Bonearl Black.
The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 20. Gary lawyer MacArthur Drake is representing both men.
Black, who retired in May, claims he was denied overtime, vacation pay and clothing allowance pay in violation of department rules and the union contract.
His complaint states he was on vacation when he was contacted on April 8 about the train collision in Miller. Everett signed his overtime slip and his next check included the pay. But in the check after that it had been deducted.
Black said he did not receive his uniform allowance in June and was told it was because he was no longer employed.
Ward’s complaint states that he should have been named deputy chief under Everett because the promotional list is expired and the practice in that case is to hire based on seniority. Instead, Daryl Smith was named the deputy.
Ward is the battalion chief with the most seniority. The commission last month voted to appoint Smith, who ranked higher on the expired list.