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Jerusalem Twp trustees appeal fire chief reinstatement

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JERUSALEM TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Jerusalem Township Fire Chief Harold Stanton was reinstated last week by a Lucas County Judge. Now, township trustees are appealing the verdict.

In their meeting Wednesday, trustees voted to appeal the judge's ruling.

In March, the trustees voted to terminate Stanton as fire chief. They claim that after warning Stanton several times to not allow former firefighter Jim Gray to participate in emergency calls, he continued to do so.

According to court documents, the judge decided the board's decision was illegal because it failed to comply with the township personnel policies and procedures manual, as well as unconstitutional, because trustees served in multiple roles in making the decision.

A statement released by the board's attorney said:

"In our view, Chief Stanton was properly terminated as Chief of the Jerusalem Township Fire Department because he failed to take any measures to stop an uncertified firefighter from appearing at fires and/or EMS runs and, once there, offering unlawful aid or assistance." 

A call made to Chief Stanton has not been returned.

Related: Fired Jerusalem Twp fire chief resumes position

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