Charlotte Deputy Fire Chief Placed On Administrative Leave Over Transgender Post–But More Questions Swirl Around His Spending

Update: 3/1/2015
Deputy Fire Chief, Jeff Dulin, has retired amidst the internal audit and inappropriate Facebook  post.

As reported in, Deputy Fire Chief, Jeff Dulin, was placed on administrative leave after he posted a transgender slur on Facebook. 

Dulin apologized for the insult—but questions still swirl over what some Charlotte officials are calling very bizarre happenings as a Charlotte internal audit points to Dulin’s reimbursements and overpayments—that until now never saw the light of day.

Asking not to be named, a Charlotte city official told me this morning, that an internal audit of the city’s fire department revealed Dulin charged the city for hotel, meals and airline fares he never took, to the tune of over $2500.

When it was discovered, Dulin was asked to pay the money back—with no questions asked, according to the source.

The whole thing sounds more like a cover up to me than anything else,” she said.  “If it had been me, they’d have already put me under the jail.”

“I don’t think he ever intended to pay any of that money back considering he was reimbursed for trips he never took,” the source continued.

Recently, Dulin—who’s been at the fire department for over 32 years—posted on Facebook a pic of a transder Bruce Jenner on a box of Fruit Loops.

In a press release sent out yesterday, transgender activist Janice Covington Allison called for Dulin to apologize and take responsibility for the insensitive post.

Allison wrote, “I am a retired Fire Chief, trained to save lives and property.  I am shocked that a fellow firefighter would do this.”


About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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