Top fire officials investigated



SIDNEY — The top two officers in the Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services are the subject of an internal investigation concerning their job performance.

According to information provided to the Sidney Daily News Wednesday by a confidential source, Chief Brad Jones and Deputy Chief Cameron Haller are being investigated on allegations of harassment, discrimination and creating a hostile work environment.

City Manager Mark Cundiff confirmed Wednesday “an investigation is ongoing.” He said he could not comment further “until the investigation is through.” He said he hopes the investigation will be done “by the end of the month.”

Jones and Haller did not return phone calls seeking comment about the allegations.

Jones has been chief since Nov. 8, 2010. Jones started his career with the Kettering Fire Department in October 1993. He was promoted to captain in February 2000 and shift commander in August 2008. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Wright State University. He completed the Ohio Fire Executive Program in 2006. At the time he was hired in Sidney, his certifications included professional firefighter I and II, fire safety inspector, incident safety officer, fire instructor, EMT/paramedic and hazardous material operations level.

Haller was promoted from assistant chief to deputy chief in February. Haller started with the Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services on Nov. 5, 1995. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and assistant chief in 2011. He is a firefighter/paramedic, hazmat chief, graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive program, and was previously a fire investigator, instructor, inspector and member of the rope and fast water rescue teams. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management.

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