Julius Hatfield steps down from fire protection board position, but denies 'criminal wrongdoing'

Chief steps down from fire protection board position, denies 'criminal wrongdoing'

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Embattled Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield has resigned from his position on the county's fire protection board amid weeks of what he called "negative attention."

"I want to formally apologize for the comments that I have made, which have recently been the subject of so much negative attention," Hatfield wrote in his resignation letter Thursday.

Hatfield was recorded using a racial slur while talking about a Cincinnati-area family involved in a car accident this year.

"I accept responsibility for those poor choices and I sincerely regret that I have said or done anything that reflects badly on our community or that has hurt or offended anyone," he continued.

Apart from the racial accusations, multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating Hatfield on accusations of long-running fraud.

"I also want to assure everyone that the accusations of any criminal wrongdoing on my part are false," he wrote in the letter.

Bullitt County Fiscal Court members voted this week to remove Hatfield as a fire board trustee, a decision which came in front of a room full of people. The court has no authority to fire Hatfield as chief, which leaders said was why they were calling on Hatfield to resign.

So far he's only stepped down from his position on the fire protection board but remains as fire chief.

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