Gautier Fire Chief suspended for fraud allegations

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier Fire Chief Michael Gray has been suspended and could lose his job over fraud allegations.

City officials say the suspension came after an investigation by the city's insurance administrator, Fox-Everitt, Incorporated.

During that investigation, officials say the company discovered Gray listed his ex-wife as a dependent for six years. That has cost the city well over $100,000.

Mayor Tommy Fortenberry says he doesn't directly deal with personnel issues within the city, but he's saddened by the situation.

"It's never an enjoyable thing when you're talking about a man's lifelong career," Fortenberry said. "I believe Chief Gray was a good fire chief, and its going to leave a vacuum there. But its something that we will field and we will go on."

We called Gray's attorney, Keith Miller, but our call was not returned.

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