Fire Chief on Leave Following Grand Jury Report

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The Herald fire chief is back from vacation, but off the job as his department works through negative findings in a grand jury report.

And now the department’s new attorney is speaking out.

“The chief has been placed on paid administrative leave…. It is a personnel matter so i’m not able to give much in the way of detail. It’s not disciplinary and  he’s off until furthur notice. So….what I would urge is that no one draw any conclusions to the fact he’s on administrative leave,” said Paul Gant, a partner with the law firm, Kingsley Bogard, LLP.

The “chief” Gant is talking about is Chris McGranahan.

Right before a grand jury report was due on questionable activity involving his department, McGranahan left on a Hawaiian vacation.

That report revealed that nude pictures of women had been viewed on the chief’s work computer.

Grand jurors also found the Herald fire district was improperly conducting official business through an account hidden from the Sacramento County finance department.

Their report went on to criticize management practices that made the chief the sole judge and jury over punishment appeals – all things some folks in Herald have been complaining about for months.

Gant says the district has hired an independent financial auditor and intends to  have a response ready for the grand jury long before the October deadline.

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