Cutler remains North Okaloosa Fire District chief for now

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

Still, Sauls agreed the incident wasn't enough to warrant Cutler’s removal.

That night, Cutler asked the board if he could give a statement, which the board allowed.

"Mr. Chairman, my rights have been infringed upon, have been violated," he said, adding he planned to hire an attorney and sue the board. He then read from a prepared statement. In the statement, Cutler said he had not broken any law and that his rights as a firefighter have been violated. He also accused some of the board members for violating Florida's Sunshine Law, which regulates elected officials’ discussions on issues they will vote on. It aims to prevent private discussions on public matters.

"There is no reason for the charges that have been brought against me in public," Cutler said. "When charges were brought up by one commissioner, with no explanation, and then another commissioner seconds the motion ....  that is very suspicious."

Cutler explained that he thought information illegally was being exchanged outside the board, and expressed that he wanted Sauls to launch an investigation into the matter.

"The board and the firefighters have been at odds," Cutler said. "We need to get back on the same page with the right commissioners to works towards the same goal." 

Both sides agreed that they would work on communication with each other.

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