South King Fire investigation costs $23,000 in legal fees

South King Fire and Rescue - Courtesy SKFR
South King Fire and Rescue
— image credit: Courtesy SKFR

The recent complaint filed by South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) Chief Al Church against SKFR commissioner Mark Freitas cost taxpayers $23,165 in legal fees, according to documents the Mirror obtained.

Church filed a complaint against Freitas over a number of things, ranging from Freitas’s suggestion that Church should retire, to actions and behaviors by Freitas that Church characterized as aggressive and threatening.

While the investigator found that Freitas’s statement urging Church to retire was “unlikely to constitute unlawful age discrimination,” he recommended that the board inform the commissioner to refrain from discourteous and disrespectful public statements and behavior to district staff.


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