Former SFD Chief wins termination settlement against City of Atlanta

Kelvin Cochran’s faith-based book ultimately caused him his job

Atlanta agrees to $1.2M settlement with ex-Shreveport Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran

(KSLA) - A legal victory for a former Shreveport fire chief after spending years in court.

The City of Atlanta, Georgia agreed to a $1.2 million settlement regarding the dismissal of Chief Kelvin Cochran.

Chief Cochran was fired as fire chief from the Atlanta Fire Department in 2015 for writing a book about his faith on his own time.

Cochran’s book “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” was published in 2013, according to Amazon.com. The faith-based work compared homosexuality to “bestiality” and “pederasty.”

Cochran was served a 30 day suspension without pay and ordered to complete sensitivity training before he was eventually fired.

Last December, a federal district court said his firing was unconstitutional.

Cochran was hired by SFD in 1981. In 1999, he was appointed as Shreveport’s first African-American fire chief by then Mayor Keith Hightower.

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