Report finds ethics violations in Ariz. fire department

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GILBERT, Ariz. — An investigation into alleged sick-leave abuse found evidence that firefighters used town time and resources to work for an outside fire district.

The Associated Press reported that the first of two reports was released into an anonymous complaint that firefighters were calling in sick to go work at the Forest Lakes Fire District.

Gilbert Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Rodriquez was placed on paid administrative leave in March and retired on the same day the investigative report was released, according to the report. He also works as the fire chief in Forest Lake.

Preliminary research found as many as six firefighters might have inappropriately used sick leave in connection with secondary employment at Forest Lakes, according to the report.

Some of the six reportedly could be facing disciplinary action.

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