(FOX 8/WVUE) A suspended firefighter who brought allegations of intimidation and theft against a Covington-area fire chief is now suing Fire District 12.
Thomas Williamson filed a petition for damages against the St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 12 claiming his constitutional rights were violated for airing his grievances against Fire Chief Stephen Krentel.
According to the complaint, Williamson received a notice of investigation on January 4 that placed him on administrative leave.
Prior to the notice, Williamson just weeks before had alleged that his boss, Krentel, had stolen goods, damaged property and was intimidating employees.
According to the complaint, Williamson believed that the notice was vague and that the timing of his leave was a move of retaliation and intimidation.