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.
There were many heated exchanges between WDRB's Valerie Chinn and SE Fire Chief Julius Hatfield at a board meeting earlier this week.
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.
The Kentucky Fire Commission says it has found discrepancies in some of the fire department's training records.
Former volunteer firefighters told WDRB News that firefighters' names were added to the training logs even though they weren't there.
Chief Julius Hatfield has denied our repeated requests for an interview.