GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt will remain in charge of the city's fire services after being accused of head-butting an on-duty employee at a city fire station.
A statement issued Wednesday morning by Gulfport's chief administrative officer John R. Kelly said:
The investigation into the alleged incident began in early April after the city says authorities received a complaint from someone working in the fire department. According to the police report, the fire chief was accused of head-butting Timothy Holliman. The report states, "the suspect became enraged in front of the complainant and the witness, cursing and lunging at the complainant causing the suspect's head to come in contact with the complainant."
Multiple sources close to Chief Beyerstedt told WLOX News that the incident has significantly hurt the morale of the department.