Whitten Hearing Delayed, Attorney Calls Charges “Trivial”

Firefighter John Whitten
Firefighter John Whitten
It was reported today in the Daily Herald by staff reporter Bob Susnjara that the hearing scheduled for today to consider charges against Deputy Chief John Whitten has been temporaily delayed and may come before the board in late July or early August.

According to the DH article both sides agreed to the delay and Fire Chief Paul Maplethorpe also stated that Deputy Chief John Whitten has voluntarily requested a demotion to captain. Details, according to Chief Maplethorpe, cannot be made public until after any disciplinary hearings take place (but we all know how the details tend to get sealed after they are negotiated).

Whitten’s legal mouthpiece told the DH that the charges are “trivial, unproven, and unproveable”. He went on to talk about his years of service to the community and awards that Whitten has been honored with during his 20 years on the force. Whitten went on unpaid leave June 11 according to Maplethorpe.

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