PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Portsmouth Vice Mayor Charles Whitehurst admitted he is concerned that former Fire Chief Don Horton is allegedly getting sick leave pay after resigning from his post in July.
Portsmouth has had an interim fire chief in place since Horton left for Richmond.
"We're spending tax dollars for two people in the same position," Horton said. "That bothers me. No one is taking responsibility for their actions. If the man resigned, that ends his tenure with the city. Period. If he didn't resign, why do we have another fire chief in there?"
He believes the position should have been held open at least until October when Horton's medical leave is set to end.
"If he's on medical leave, how can you fill the position for a new fire chief? That, I think, breaks the law," Whitehurst said.
Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth Wright on Thursday declined comment about the former fire chief's medical leave saying he wanted to get more information first.
The city council is expected to discuss the issue next Tuesday.
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