SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Fire Department Chief Craig Mulford was fired Thursday after an internal investigation revealed he violated administrative policies during his handling of complaints in the Fire Station 8 scandal.
Assistant Chief Tommy Carpenter was also fired Thursday after the investigation showed that he violated policies as well, the mayor's office announced in a statement.
Mulford was placed on paid administrative leave in June following his indictment in June that included allegations of a cover-up in the Fire Station 8 scandal.
Mulford was charged with five counts of malfeasance in office. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover placed him on leave after he was arrested and ordered an internal investigation to find out if the fire chief had violated department policy.
The internal investigation ended on September 5, and Glover was presented with the findings. When asked whether any action was pending as a result of that report, Glover told KSLA News 12 that Mulford and his attorney had asked for more time to provide information requested as part of the review of the internal report "because of some issues involving his council."
Roland Jones became acting fire chief after he was promoted in early August to deputy chief.
Jones made the decision to fire Carpenter. Thursday's action by Glover is based on internal policy and is separate from the criminal case.
A 32-year veteran of the Shreveport Fire Department Mulford was appointed to the top job in the fire department in July 2011 and has served 3 years in the position. Before that, he served as Captain of the city's Central Fire Station for 12 years.
He replaced Brian Crawford, who retired from the department to become the city's Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, before moving on to become the Fire Chief for the City of Plano in December 2012.
Carpenter started with the department in 1974. He was indicted in June and charged with perjury in connection to the grand jury investigation of the Fire Station 8 scandal.
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