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Embattled SE Bullitt Fire Chief asks to withdraw his resignation from protection district board

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Hatfield reads his letter asking to withdraw his resignation. Hatfield reads his letter asking to withdraw his resignation.
BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A lot of people didn't know Julius Hatfield would be at a special meeting of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District Board, and they were not happy about it.

Nonetheless, the meeting did go on and members voted on important issues.

It was a surprise at the very start of this meeting as Hatfield took a seat among board members.

He resigned from this position in early December, but at the meeting, read a letter stating his intention to withdraw his resignation from the board.

"Neither the Fiscal Court nor the Judge Executive has made any acceptance of my resignation on the record and therefore I am within my rights to withdraw the resignation and resume my position as Chairman," Hatfield said. 

The special meeting did go on with Hatfield, even though other board members and people in the crowd were not happy about it -- some booing Hatfield.

He's on paid leave as the Fire chief while he is under investigation for abuse of public trust and insurance fraud. He has also come under fire for racial comments caught on police cameras.

Despite Hatfield's votes against the motions, they all passed.

The Fire protection District receives the taxes each year and turns the money over to the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department for service.

Friday, Board members voted to void their current contract with the Southeast Fire Department. Several people at the meeting expressed concern about the future of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department and its firefighters. 

"The board declared the indefinite contract null and void but immediately took action to enter into a contract to get firefighters on the street and rescue, and fire protection and rescue," Trustee Board Attorney Maurice Byrne said. "Then it's going to advertise for bid on who can provide the best protection for the tax payers dollars." 

The board hopes to have a new contract within 60 days.

Members also voted to restore any unaccounted taxpayer money. Hatfield did not comment after the meeting and had his attorney with him.

That attorney told WDRB he is being paid by the fire department corporation to represent Hatfield.

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