Suspended fire chief retires, offers repayment

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 4:33 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A suspended Louisville fire chief has retired from the department and offered to repay $12,000 to settle allegations of unauthorized personal expenses and salary overpayments.

The McMahon Fire District Board, though, has rejected Paul Barth's repayment offer, saying the amount he owes will be determined by federal investigators, but did take his resignation.

The Courier-Journal reports that Barth was suspended without pay Nov. 24 by the district's board of trustees after allegations that he mishandled department funds and used on-duty firefighters to perform personal errands for him.

The paper reported that bank statements on the McMahan Crusade for Children bank account, which Barth controlled, showed funds were used to pay the department credit card.

Those allegations prompted Crusade for Children board to vote unanimously last week to remove Barth as chairman.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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