Clearwater fire chief dismissed; Warrant, personnel issues cited

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AIKEN -- A Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department chief who was arrested last week on a year-and-a-half-old warrant has been dismissed from his position, according to an official who oversees the department.

“The only thing I can say is Mr. Toole was terminated because of an arrest warrant and other personnel issues,” said Marvin Herndon, a water and sewer commissioner for Clearwater, referring to Mike Toole.

Mr. Herndon said the dismissal occurred on Friday.

He said the department currently has no chief and will conduct a search for one. He said Mr. Toole had been in the role of chief for about the past two years.

Mr. Toole surrendered last week after officials called him to say they'd found an unserved warrant in his name. He was later released on his own recognizance.

The allegation stemmed from a 2007 incident in which a 17-year-old Aiken woman accused Chief Toole of touching her breasts, according to an incident report.

Mr. Toole denied it.

Police say that soon after the warrant for simple assault was taken out, the sheriff's office tried to serve it on Mr. Toole. When they couldn't find him, the warrant was filed according to department protocol.

It wasn't noticed again until last week when a warrant check on someone with a similar last name led a dispatcher to find the file bearing the former chief's name, officials said.

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CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 05/13/09 - 09:49 am
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"Police say that soon after

"Police say that soon after the warrant for simple assault was taken out, the sheriff's office tried to serve it on Mr. Toole. When they couldn't find him, the warrant was filed according to department protocol." Methinks something is rotten in the state of Clearwater in this case. Two years as the chief of the fire department and the police "couldn't find him"? I wouldn't even have SAID that because of the sheriff's department can't find the chief of the fire department, that sheriff's department needs to be dismantled. There obviously are more issues than this warrant at stake here so why make your sheriff's department look in competent in order to fire the chief of your fire department? Is there no truth in government ANYWHERE any more? Rugs under which governments sweep crap are getting bigger and bigger all the time.

irishgent
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irishgent 05/13/09 - 10:45 am
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Coastaldawg your comment is

Coastaldawg your comment is so ignorant I shouldnt even respond but I will.When the warrant was taken out regardless of rather he was chief or not,the name on the warrant would not of had Fire chief on it.So its not as cut and dry as you would have others to think.Sounds like you could use a little carpet cleaning yourself.

vrafan
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vrafan 05/13/09 - 02:03 pm
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Well he gets what he

Well he gets what he deserves. He has been intimidating the MVRA for the last year with lies about how he has so much authority and he can shut them down. He and his commissioner asked the MVRA to move. The MVRA has been in the same spot for almost fifty years and now all of a sudden it's a problem? What was he trying to pull?

JANDEN
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JANDEN 05/13/09 - 03:36 pm
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I don't understand why the 17

I don't understand why the 17 year old who took the warrent out didn't say something 2 years ago when the man was never picked up. If took a warrent out a man that touched me in the wrong place. I'd make sure he was picked up!!

ToiBowie
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ToiBowie 05/13/09 - 03:58 pm
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At luckydog. Your comment

At luckydog. Your comment was way off base. This man is a public figure in Clearwater. If Clearwater (Aiken County for that matter) was a large metropolitan area, I could understand. But it's not, Toole has been "in our face" for the last 2 years - something should have clicked. I agree with CostalDawg on this one.

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