Augusta assistant fire chief placed on paid leave for porn

Assistant Fire Chief Jack Hanley has been placed on leave with pay while Augusta leaders decide how to discipline him for using a city computer to send and receive pornography, officials said Thursday.

Acting Fire Chief Chris James said that in the next three days, the human resources, fire and administrative departments will look at Hanley’s personnel record and city policies to decide how best to handle his case.

City Administrator Fred Russell confirmed Thursday that Hanley has had several disciplinary issues during his time with the fire department.

Hanley, a firefighter since 1975 currently serving as the fire department’s assistant chief for support services, goes on leave days after four other ranking employees, including Fire Chief Howard Willis, announced unexpected plans to retire in the midst of department investigations.

On Wednesday, Deputy City Administrator Bill Shanahan confirmed that city policies had been broken by Hanley and Battalion Chief Tommy Willis, Howard Willis’ brother.

Tommy Willis, who agreed to retire last week after being placed on leave during an investigation, broke policy by using city computers, printers and other resources to steer fire victims to use the company he managed, 1-800-BoardUp. The franchise is owned by Bowles Construction.

Hanley worked under Mike Rogers, the deputy fire chief for technical services, who along with Deputy Fire Chief Carl Scott agreed to retire last week. Rogers and Scott are eligible for their full pensions.

Shanahan said Wednesday that other policies and procedures were broken in January when firefighter Steven Jenne was trapped in a burning house and injured. No investigation into the incident was opened until recently.

James said the department of about 300 employees has a tough road ahead.

“I’m just hoping that we can get through this,” he said. “We really, really have a lot of good guys.”

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