EMA director resigns amid FOX19 NOW, state investigation

(Source: Jody Barr, FOX19 NOW)
(Source: Jody Barr, FOX19 NOW)

VEVAY, IN (FOX19) - Weeks following a FOX19 NOW investigation into allegations of faked fire and medical certifications in Switzerland County, the county's Emergency Management director resigned. We aired multiple reports into the allegations in July, which promoted a state investigation.

Chris See resigned as EMA director on July 28, according to county commission assistant, Bruce Williams. Williams told FOX19 NOW that See resigned "orally" to "one of the commissioners," but Williams would not provide any more information concerning the resignation.

When asked specifically about providing more details, Williams replied, "no."

In early July, we aired an investigative series into allegations that See, who also serves as the Jeff Craig Volunteer Fire Chief in Vevay, "pencil whipped" fire and medical certifications for dozens of fire fighters in the county.

FOX19 NOW also obtained copies of dozens of CPR training certifications that multiple people named on the training records said they never attended classes for. Those people said See never instructed the December 2013 classes noted on the certification cards.

On July 31, three days after See's resignation, FOX19 NOW submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the county for his employee file. The county's attorney issued a denial letter, claiming the state's open records law prohibited the county from turning See's records over.

FOX19 NOW sought legal counsel on the county's determination and was advised the county had the "discretion" to make the records available. The county, through a letter from hired-attorney Wilmer Goering, has indicated the county has no obligation to turn the records over.

We've asked Goering to reconsider opening See's file based on the interpretation we received that the county has the option to open the See file for public inspection.

Without the file and the county's willingness to disclose the reasons why See resigned, we have no facts as to why See resigned.

A phone message and an email to Chris See has not been returned as of this posting.

The Switzerland County Commissioners' Office has not returned a phone message as of this report.

See asked FOX19 NOW in an email to stop contacting him via email and cell phone, after asking him for an interview.

Sources confirm See is scheduled for an 11 a.m. interview with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in Indianapolis Friday morning. That interview, our sources have confirmed, is with the man heading up the state investigation for the state fire marshal.
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