Madison Fire Chief Suspended from City Duties
MADISON, FL (Aug. 13, 2012) – City of Madison Fire Chief Alfred Martin has been suspended with pay from his duties as fire chief and as a firefighter following his arrest last week on four felony counts of grand theft and official misconduct.
City Manager Tim Bennett met with Martin today to inform him of the suspension. The suspension is for an indefinite period of time.
“After reviewing the details of the arrest warrant, I felt it was necessary to take this action for the benefit of the city and the city’s firefighters,” Bennett said. “Chief Martin is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and we need to let the judicial process take its course.”
Bennett appointed Fire Lieutenant Bruce Jordan as acting fire chief.
The city’s Rules and Regulations for Personnel allow for Martin to appeal the suspension. He has 10 calendar days from the day of the suspension to file a written appeal to the city clerk who would forward it to the city commission. The commission’s decision is final and binding.