Former Gautier fire chief loses another appeal

By WLOX Staff

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Fired Gautier Fire Chief Michael Gray lost another round in his bid to keep his job. Gray was terminated in October after allegations of fraud.

An investigation by the city's insurance administrator found Gray listed his ex-wife as a dependent for six years. Gray appealed his firing to the city's civil service commission, but last night the commission voted three to zero to uphold the city's decision.

"As I understand it, he has a right to appeal this thi Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said. "I think he has ten days to appeal it to circuit court, and depending on that is where we go from here. If we have somebody within to promote, that would be up to the city manager. If we don't, then we'll have to advertise for a fire chief."

Gautier officials said having Gray's ex-wife receiving city benefits all that time cost the city more than $100,000.

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