(KMOV.com) – The Monarch Fire Protection District is defending its decision to place a 15-year-veteran on unpaid leave after he spoke to News 4 in April.
News 4 has learned Captain Chris Gelvin will serve a two day suspension for giving an interview about a Kevlar bulletproof wall that was being built in the district’s board room.
“When it was out in the open and we just saw it as another waste of taxpayer dollars by this board of directors who not give taxpayers what they should be knowing anyway,” Gelvin said in April.
The district’s board president said Gelvin was not supposed to talk about the vests because it was a security matter discussed behind closed doors.
“The locks on the doors are paid for by taxpayer dollars. Would you have him disclose the codes,” Robin Harris said.
Gelvin and the firefighters union claim the vests were left out in the open for the public to see and they also said they were not told installations of the vests were confidential.