LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – Steve Adkins, the Deputy Chief of the Camp Taylor Fire Protection District, announced his retirement on Friday, Aug. 30, after more than 38 years of service.
Following allegations of a sexually hostile work environment by Firefighters George Givens and Michael Killebrew and an independent investigation conducted by Carol Dawson of EEO GUIDANCE, Inc., the Board of Trustees for Camp Taylor Fire Protection District accepted the Deputy Chief’s retirement thereby avoiding the need for further proceedings under Chapter 75.
Sarah Grider Cronan, the attorney for Camp Taylor Fire Protection District, said: “Once the Board became aware of the firefighters’ allegations, it took prompt action to investigate and address the issues discovered during the investigation. The Board is committed to ensuring that the Camp Taylor Fire Protection District is a respectful workplace where all employees are treated fairly and equitably. While each employee acknowledges Camp Taylor’s anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies in writing, future training will be conducted so that everyone at the Fire Protection District is fully aware of these policies.”
Laurie Goetz Kemp, one of the attorneys for Steve Adkins, said: “Steve Adkins was saddened by the lawsuit filed at the end of his long career with Camp Taylor. Steve and his family have served Camp Taylor for over five decades and he remains dedicated to this community. Steve will continue to pursue a defense of all claims made against him and will let the judicial process take its course.”
The civil complaint filed by the Firefighters remains pending. Motions to dismiss the complaint have been filed by both Camp Taylor and Steve Adkins and are scheduled for hearing on Sept. 19, 2013.