LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - The Lebanon Fire Chief was suspended for five days without pay after an investigation found he used $1,025 in city equipment for personal use.
Chief Perry Gerome used city fire trucks to stage a mock fire scene as part of a birthday party at his home earlier this year, according to a city spokesperson.
He is also accused of using city-owned chainsaws to remove storm damage from his property.
Gerome was required to reimburse the city for the equipment and personnel involved in the incidents. Neither incident resulted in an adverse impact on the city's emergency response capability, the spokesperson said.
"Chief Gerome is a valued public servant, and has expressed deep regret for these incidents. He readily admitted all relevant facts related to the events described above, immediately reimbursed the City for the cost of the two incidents, and co-operated fully and openly with the City Manager's investigation.," a statement from the city reads.