Cedar's Take: The old saying where there's smoke there's fire is pretty common. But Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee continues his mantra of denial. Understandably when you tell someone their house is on fire there is a brief period of disbelief, but sooner or later reality sets in. Mr Carlee it's time.
A meme was posted on Dulin's Facebook account that many deemed offensive to the LGBTQ community.
Dulin is also under fire after a city-wide audit revealed he was one of 37 city employees whose expenses and reimbursements were reviewed. The audit found that Dulin had taken reimbursements that he should not have.
A statement from the city said:
“The Charlotte Fire Department is committed to ensuring it's accounting practices are clear and accurate, and conducted its own review before the City's internal audit. During that internal review, the fire department discovered the first item listed in today's audit report, which included reimbursement for airfare, hotel and baggage fees totaling nearly $1,600. Chief Dulin immediately reimbursed the city.
“The item regarding the $666.56 advancement was not discovered during the fire department's review because that was funded through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. However, as soon as that was noted, Chief Dulin repaid it.
The examination of Dulin's social media post is what has him on leave, however. According to the city, the Department immediately looks into all concerns that are brought to its attention.
A second statement issued read:
“Each fire department employee deserves to have issues raised about their performance thoroughly investigated. That is true whether it is a personal or professional matter, and whether an employee is in a leadership position or not.
Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin has been placed on administrative leave, starting today, while the department investigates the concerns about posts on his personal social media account.”
Dulin also issued a statement apologizing for the material posted to his social media account and asking for the community's forgiveness. That statement reads:
“I first want to apologize if anything that was shared on my social media account caused hurt feelings for or offended anyone, whether in the LGBTQ community or the community at large. While I did not create the picture that was widely circulated on the “Internet and Facebook, it was posted to my account. I take full responsibility for the lapse in judgment and am truly sorry for that.
“I want everyone to know that I am by no means a person who holds any prejudicial feelings toward any member of our community. This is incredibly personal to me, and while I will not go into details, I want to assure everyone that I respect people of all backgrounds and sexual preference.
“My life for the past 32 years has been dedicated to the Charlotte Fire Department, which means I have dedicated 32 years of my life to equally serving and protecting the citizens of Charlotte – all the citizens of Charlotte. I hope those decades of service are a more accurate reflection of my character than this one brief lapse.”