Battalion Chief Kuhlman appointed to run fire department in the interim
■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor
Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman, has been named Hemet Fire Department’s acting fire chief. Earlier last week, the city of Hemet placed Fire Chief Scott Brown on administrative leave. The Valley Chronicle broke the story late last Thursday on its Facebook page.
City Manager Allen Parker told The Valley Chronicle in an email that an update on Brown’s status will be given on Monday, April 9.
Parker confirmed last Thursday evening by email that Brown had been placed on administrative leave. The reason is still unknown at this time.
The newspaper called the Hemet Fire Department to obtain a comment from Kuhlman, but was directed to contact the city manager’s office.
Hemet Fire Fighter Association, Local 2342 (HFFA) confirmed by Facebook message last Thursday stating, “We were advised late last night [Wednesday], we will have a statement regarding this matter soon.” HFFA later sent the following statement: “Unfortunately, at this time we do not have any comment. At some point in the days following, if we do have a comment, you will be our first call.”
According to Brown’s Facebook page, he was named fire chief April 15, 2015 after serving as the city’s interim fire chief. Since he was named chief, Brown has been a proponent of rebuilding the fire department while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
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