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Omaha Firefighter Union President fired after investigation

Posted: 4:08 PM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-23 00:07:35Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen has fired Omaha Firefighters Union President Steve LeClair after an internal investigation by the City of Omaha Human Resources Department and the Omaha Fire Department's Internal Affairs Division. This comes after LeClair had been placed on administrative leave following an alleged assault on a woman at Tiger Tom's Pub, off 72nd and Military.

You can read more on the reported assault at the following link Omaha Fire Union President on leave after alleged assault

4:52 pm UPDATE - Mayor Jean Stothert has release the following statement:

"Following the conclusion of the internal investigation by the Human Resources Department and Omaha Fire Internal Affairs, Chief Olsen made the decision to terminate Mr. LeClair. I will support the Chief's decision."

5:40 pm UPDATE - Steve LeClair's lawyer Mike Dowd has released the following statement:

“We received a recommendation of termination letter from the Chief today. This matter is now subject to review based on rights held by LeClair pursuant to a contract and secured by the Constitution of the United States. LeClair was accused of punching someone and that accusation has been proven false. He deserves a fair shake given his record of service and what we know to be the facts in this case. It is beyond dispute that similarly situated fire fighters have not been subject to termination and we are going to vigorously defend Mr. LeClair, because the only distinction between him and others who have not been fired is his record of Union advocacy, which is a matter of public record. Just as LeClair has stood up for his coworkers over the years, he will have his rights protected. His conduct will be fairly judged by a neutral finder of fact and he will be restored to duty."