After merit commission suspends Terre Haute firefighter charged with child porn, fire chief pushes b

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Published on December 4, 2019 -

After merit commission suspends Terre Haute firefighter charged with child porn, fire chief pushes b

After merit commission suspends Terre Haute firefighter charged with child porn, fire chief pushes back to have him terminated


After merit commission suspends Terre Haute firefighter charged with child porn, fire chief pushes b

Terre the terre haute fire chief if filing an appeal to the city of terre haute.

That's after the fire merit commission board made a decision about one of his firefighters.

Good evening and welcome to news 10 on my fox 10.

It's a story we first brought you on news 10 first at five.

Fire chief jeff fisher wants terre haute firefighter rodger plunkett the second to be fired..

But the fire merit commission board decided to take another route.

Now -- chief fisher has filed an appeal to reconsider.

"we felt that this was a serious enough offense by this person to seek termination."

You'll remember... plunkett was arrested on child pornography charges.

But -- the decision made by the board was only considering things he had done "within the department".

News 10's sarah lehman is live in our newsroom right now.

She joins us with more on "those" accusations and why chief fisher says this is so important.

Patrece... we just got the notice of the appeal earlier today.

Terre haute fire chief jeff fisher is requesting an appeal after the fire merit commission board voted 3 to 1 to suspend rodger plunkett the second for one year with out pay.

That vote happened in november.

Commission members scott menton, gary turner and david mccarty voted in favor of that.

Member don nattkemper voted against the suspension.

Those who voted for it said there wasn't enough proof for many of the claims brought to them.

Some of those included driving a fire truck with a suspended license... and for being arrested for driving while intoxicated along with many others.

Here's what that new appeal says.

It alleges the commission did "not" make a ruling on **each reason for termination.

Chief fisher's appeal argues his department **did meet its burden of proof related to the allegations.

And-- the chief says there were procedural errors by the commission.

The appeal says those errors kept certain information from being submitted on the record.

Fisher says he was surprised when the board voted to suspend plunkett for one year without pay instead of firing him.

"i felt that we presented our case and that's the reason i want to move forward with the appeal /// i truly felt that we provided enough information for them to terminate this employment."

With this appeal -- the decision has been taken out of the fire merit commission boards hands.

It will now go to court and a judge will decide if plunkett should be fired.

If the appeal doesn't go through by next november plunkett will be able to go back to his job with the deparment.

That's as long as his child pornography charges have been figured out.

We will of course continue to follow this story for you and bring you all of the information on air and online at w-t-h-i-t-v dot com.

Reporting live in the newsroom i'm sarah lehman news 10 back to you.

Now this investigation was not related to plunketts molestation charges.

That case is still moving through the system.

A jury trial is scheduled

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