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Retired Gary firefighter says his last checks were short

Updated: February 19, 2013 3:08PM



GARY — Mark Altomere retired from the Gary Fire Department Dec. 31, but his paychecks stopped before that.

Altomere, a 30-year veteran, spoke to the Gary Fire Civil Service Commission Thursday morning, asking the board to investigate what happened.

At an earlier meeting with fire Chief Teresa Everett, Altomere said he was unable to learn why one check was more than $700 short and another wasn’t available.

“I never had a chance to say anything. I’m just going in vicious circles,” Altomere said.

Board members discussed at length what involvement the commission had in the matter.

“He has to go through the due process and his due process is this commission,” Board President Randall Williams said.

Macarthur Drake, Altomere’s lawyer, said, “Nobody has the authority to withhold Mr. Altomere’s pay.”

City attorney Al Boswell suggested the board set the matter for hearing and commissioner members agreed. Williams set a hearing for Feb. 21. Three other cases will also be heard that day, he noted.

In other business, the board considered a letter from Councilman Kyle Allen, who wrote that former Gary firefighter Steve Minchuk wants to return to his old job.

He resigned in April.

Board members said the hiring process requires everyone to complete every step.

Minchuk submitted an application, but failed to take the entrance test. He is not eligible to continue, board members agreed.



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