Jury Verdict in Firefighter Promotion Case

October 2013

The firm represented a Captain in the Florence Fire & Rescue Department with almost 40 years of service to the Florence community who applied for and received a promotion to the position of Battalion Chief by the Florence Civil Service Board. Two individuals who were not promoted appealed the decision of the Civil Service Board to the Circuit Court of Lauderdale County, Alabama, pursuant to Local Act No. 1619. This statute entitled the appellants to a trial de novo before a jury. After a three-day trial and the presentation of testimony and other evidence, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the firm’s client affirming his unanimous selection for promotion to the position of Battalion Chief of the Florence Fire & Rescue Department.