LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Fire Commission has ordered Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield to return training pay for allegedly falsifying training records which are tied to state aid and incentive pay.
Commission members and area firefighters met on the matter in Lexington Tuesday afternoon and were still calculating the exact amount for Hatfield to repay.
Bruce Roberts, the Kentucky Fire Commission Division Director, says Hatfield admitted in an email that he wasn’t at training and left for his board meetings numerous times. Former volunteer firefighters told WDRB News that firefighters’ names were added to the training logs even though they did not attend the training. However, the Fire Commission says even if other names were forged, those firefighters had enough training hours to receive incentive pay of $3,100 a year — but the chief did not.