After months of scrutiny, Erik Butler was selected as the new full-time chief for the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department. He has been acting chief since Julius Hatfield stepped down on Feb. 1.
There is currently a verbal agreement between the departments, and an official agreement is expected within a month.
At the beginning of the hearing, one attorney told the other to "Shut up."
In the letter, addressed to three Bullitt County officials separately, Julius Hatfield says his resignation stems from 'negative scrutiny' on the department.
Fire department has asked a judge for a temporary injunction to prevent the district from hiring anyone else
Chief Julius Hatfield is under investigation for insurance fraud, abuse of public trust and other charges.
The Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District's lax financial controls have led to “questionable” practices including the fire chief other employees getting Christmas bonuses and the chief's wife being paid $63,000 over four years with no accounting of the number hours she worked, according to an examination released Thursday by Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen's office.
Chairman Milford Hatfield resigned from his post Tuesday after he stormed out of Monday's Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection Board meeting.
The situation at Monday's Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District Board meeting was volatile and violent as one board member resigned and another shoved a journalist.
A packed Bullitt County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday morning centered on one topic: embattled Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield.
Julius Hatfield is citing a legal loop hole that allows him to withdraw his resignation.
Community members and Southeast Bullitt firefighters voiced concern about the process during a meeting on Friday.
Julius Hatfield -- who is under investigation for fraud and abuse of public trust -- resigned, but at a special meeting Friday, read a letter stating his intention to withdraw his resignation.
There are five items on the agenda for the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District Board Meeting.
The board is expected to vote to void the contract with the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department, and a vote to take back what belongs to taxpayers, including fire stations, equipment and other property.