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Racial slur apparent cause of misconduct

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

The use of a racial slur is apparently the reason behind Fayetteville Fire Chief Danny Travis’ suspension on Jan. 5, although officials are still not elaborating on the situation. According to sources, the fire chief used the slur during a call placed to the Emergency Communications Center, during which an altercation at a local business was discussed. In that conversation, the slur was apparently used to describe a local police officer. Travis was suspended for 24 hours with pay on Jan. 5 – that suspension was followed by a two-week suspension without pay – due to the alleged misconduct, said City Administrator Scott Collins, who would not comment any further with regard to the allegations. During the two weeks, information in regard to the incident is being gathered. At the end of those two weeks, a review will be conducted and a decision made, Collins had said, adding that Travis would have the opportunity to answer the allegations against him. Travis has been with the Fayetteville Fire Department since 1982 and was named assistant chief in 1998 and then chief in 2008. In the interim, Coby Moon, a 24-year veteran of the fire department, is serving as acting chief.