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Judd fired; MW fire chief continues to be suspended

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON - One Mount Washington fire official indicted for stealing departmental funds was permanently dismissed from the department during an administrative hearing Thursday.

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The Mount Washington Fire Board ruled Thursday evening to fire Capt. Anthony Judd in the closed-session hearing, while Chief Michael Dooley remains suspended but still employed by the department.

Judd was recently indicted on felony charges of theft by unlawful taking over $300 and second-degree forgery.

Dooley, who was also indicted, faces misdemeanor charges of second-degree official misconduct.

Mount Washington Det. Buddy Stump said the allegations stem from missing funds from the department’s Crusade for Children fund and another internal account of departmental funds. Stump added that none of the accounts in question held taxpayer dollars.

Stump said he investigated the case for more than a month after Mount Washington Fire Board officials noticed a discrepancy in the funds.

Dooley, supported by many family and friends, attended the hearing with his attorney, Ken McCardwell. Judd was not present.

Attorney Jason McGregor, representing the Mount Washington Fire District, said Dooley would be allowed to use sick and vacation time until the continuation of the Nov. 20 hearing.

“Mr. Dooley is still employed,” McGregor told a packed room at the Mount Washington fire house Thursday evening.

However, the Board refused any further questions from the media or audience.

“We have no further comment at this time,” McGregor said.

The Nov. 20 hearing will be held at the Mount Washington Fire Department at 7 p.m.