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EAST GREENWICH â€” East Greenwich Deputy Fire Chief Russell McGillivray, suspended for two days with pay following an incident two weeks ago at a state Fire Marshal's Office training class, will not face further disciplinary action from the district's Board of Fire Commissioners.
Meeting in executive session Thursday night, the board refused to divulge any vote taken on further disciplinary action against McGillivray in the wake of an NBC10 I-Team report alleging that he had dropped his pants during a training session.
"He has served his suspension," board chairman Douglas Axelsen said following the board's regular monthly business meeting, adding that no sanction will be added to the two-day suspension given to McGillivray by Chief Peter Henrikson.
"We've taken a very serious approach to it. It's a personnel issue," he said of the board's investigation of the incident.
The roughly 45-minute executive session was attended by the five board members, McGillivray and his lawyer, Norman L. Landroche Jr., Henrikson, and Scott Spear, the board's legal counsel.
None of the principals would comment on the specifics in the hearing, and several firefighters who awaited the hearing's result also declined comment. They left immediately after the hearing concluded, as board members returned to the Town Council Chambers for the public portion of the meeting.
Axelsen did characterize the broadcast report of the incident as "sensationalized."
"What we heard on Channel 10 was crap," he said.
When asked if he had confidence in McGillivray's leadership going forward, Axelsen responded, "Absolutely."
Henrikson, while not commenting on the incident, also gave his deputy a vote of confidence.
Spear is preparing a statement on behalf of the board about the hearing for release, possibly Friday, Henrikson said.
For further developments, log on to www.ricentral.com or check out this upcoming weekâ€™s edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.