Former Harrods Creek chief sues department for fraud

Chris Aponte
Chris Aponte
Thomas Clay
Thomas Clay

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The retired chief of a Jefferson County suburban fire department has filed a suit against his former agency claiming they reneged on a deal to hire him back.

Chris Aponte retired as chief of the Harrods Creek Fire District on April 30. According to Thomas Clay, Aponte's attorney, his client only retired with the understanding that he would be rehired after a few months. He said it was a move designed to save the department $20,000 in insurance and benefits. After Aponte's retirement, Kevin Tyler was appointed interim chief, and has now been named the permanent chief.

On August 26, Aponte filed suit against the seven members of the Harrods Creek Fire District board of directors claiming they committed fraud. Clay says Aponte, who began his career as an 18-year-old volunteer, is asking for back pay, damages and a trial by jury.

"I don't think it's any exaggeration to say Chris felt betrayed by people he trusted. {He felt betrayed by} people who provided him legal advice and on that advice he relied, so, he did his retirement with full expectations he would be rehired as Chief -without any complications," Clay said.

According to Clay, his client works with EMS in Oldham County.

Over the phone Chief Tyler said, "We're not going to comment, at this time, on ongoing litigations until we've spoken to our attorney."

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