Cutler remains North Okaloosa Fire District chief for now

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM.

 Philip Kent, who said he has been involved with the department for years and has known Cutler, for some time, even before he was chief, defended the fire chief.

"This happened a year ago," he said. "What possible purpose does this serve? If you want to fire Chief Cutler for that, then you do not have my respect. In my opinion, this is bogus."

Several agreed.

Commissioner Sam Anderson was also in favor of keeping Cutler.

"I'm totally and completely opposed to the removal Chief Cutler," Anderson said. "He has done an excellent job."

Anderson — who said the gun-discharge incident wasn’t enough to cost the chief his job — said Cutler received a verbal reprimand incident.

"The thing was that it happened and the chief did not make the board or at least the chairman aware that it had happened," Chairman Franklin Sauls said. "That was disappointing."

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