Southeast Bullitt Fire Department selects new chief
Southeast Bullitt Fire Department selects new chief

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.

February 10th, 10:15 pm by Travis Ragsdale
SE Bullitt and Shepherdsville Fire Depts. restore mutual aid for first time since '99
SE Bullitt and Shepherdsville Fire Depts. restore mutual aid for first time since '99

There is currently a verbal agreement between the departments, and an official agreement is expected within a month.

February 4th, 3:54 pm by Valerie Chinn
Testy exchange breaks out in courtroom one day after SE Bullitt Fire Chief resigns
Testy exchange breaks out in courtroom one day after SE Bullitt Fire Chief resigns

At the beginning of the hearing, one attorney told the other to "Shut up."

January 30th, 3:15 pm by Valerie Chinn
Embattled Southeast Bullitt fire chief resigns from department
Embattled Southeast Bullitt fire chief resigns from department

In the letter, addressed to three Bullitt County officials separately, Julius Hatfield says his resignation stems from 'negative scrutiny' on the department. 

January 29th, 3:26 pm
Southeast Bullitt Fire Department sues fire district over voiding contract
Southeast Bullitt Fire Department sues fire district over voiding contract

Fire department has asked a judge for a temporary injunction to prevent the district from hiring anyone else

January 23rd, 1:54 pm by Jason Riley
Ky. Attorney General's office to assist Sheriff's Department in Southeast Bullitt Fire investigation
Ky. Attorney General's office to assist Sheriff's Department in Southeast Bullitt Fire investigation

Chief Julius Hatfield is under investigation for insurance fraud, abuse of public trust and other charges.

January 20th, 3:25 pm by Valerie Chinn
Edelen: Southeast Bullitt Fire "a mess" that needs to be straightened out
Edelen: Southeast Bullitt Fire "a mess" that needs to be straightened out

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. 

Resignation alters leadership of Southeast Bullitt Fire Corporation Board
Resignation alters leadership of Southeast Bullitt Fire Corporation Board

Chairman Milford Hatfield resigned from his post Tuesday after he stormed out of Monday's Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection Board meeting.

January 13th, 9:38 pm by Travis Ragsdale
Resignation, pushing and shoving at SE Bullitt Fire Protection District Board Meeting
Resignation, pushing and shoving at SE Bullitt Fire Protection District 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.

January 12th, 9:55 pm by Valerie Chinn
WDRB confronts SE Bullitt Fire Chief about spending concerns, empty firehouses
WDRB confronts SE Bullitt Fire Chief about spending concerns, empty firehouses

There were many heated exchanges between WDRB's Valerie Chinn and SE Fire Chief Julius Hatfield at a board meeting earlier this week.

Newly obtained video of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department chief raises questions of racism
Newly obtained video of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department chief raises questions of racism

Video from a Bullitt County Sheriff's deputy's body camera shows Hatfield's department responding to a car accident on I-65, south of the Clermont exit in September.

Ky. Fire Commission investigating Southeast Bullitt Fire Dept.
Ky. Fire Commission investigating Southeast Bullitt Fire Dept.

The Kentucky Fire Commission says it has found discrepancies in some of the fire department's training records.

Commission orders SE Bullitt Fire Chief to repay training pay, pension
Commission orders SE Bullitt Fire Chief to repay training pay, pension

Former volunteer firefighters told WDRB News that firefighters' names were added to the training logs even though they weren't there.

SE Bullitt Fire Department repays money owed over falsified records
SE Bullitt Fire Department repays money owed over falsified records

Chief Julius Hatfield has denied our repeated requests for an interview.

KY Auditor's Office opens examination into Southeast Bullitt Fire Dept.
KY Auditor's Office opens examination into Southeast Bullitt Fire Dept.

Residents question how the Fire Department is run after learning of Christmas bonuses and empty firehouses.

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