More tonight on the allegations of misconduct within the New Hanover County Fire Department. Former firefighter Jeff Curran told WWAY yesterday he believes he was fired from the department after bringing concerns of others' misconduct to light. Today we spoke to county officials who say a third party did conduct an investigation into an alleged on-the-job affair between two fire department employees. County spokesman Mark Boyer said that one of the people accused in the incident passed a lie detector test during the investigation. Curran said in his original e-mail to county officials that he would be willing to pay for a polygraph of his own. Curran says that he received a letter from the county today indicating that a full investigation into the allegations has been conducted and the matter is considered closed. The letter also said that Curran will remain under investigation for an incident involving missing decals from a county vehicle. Curran's personnel file indicates Curran was let go for what Chief Hall describes as "discourteous treatment of other county employees." New Hanover County officials won't comment directly on what led to Jeff Curran's dismissal, except to say it was not related to his complaint about an inappropriate relationship between supervisors. But, Boyer said today the county did investigate Curran's complaint "thoroughly." Boyer said in the end, the complaint was dismissed because there was no evidence the incident ever happened. Yesterday Boyer told us the county does not have a policy prohibiting relationships between employees. The county's "Respectful Workplace Policy," however, "prohibits disrespectful behavior, including offensive and inappropriate remarks, gestures, material and behavior."
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