BILLINGS, Montana — The assistant Billings fire chief, who was suspended for a week last September for insubordination, has resigned saying the chief created a hostile work environment.
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/HXGzDM) Frank Odermann resigned Monday. In his letter to Fire Chief Paul Dextras, Odermann said the chief had placed him in "an atmosphere of intolerable, harassing, retaliatory and hostile working conditions" that haven't changed despite his complaints.
Odermann said the stress was affecting his health.
Dextras on Friday said he "categorically would deny" the statements Odermann made in his resignation letter.
Odermann was on paid leave for nearly four months in the summer of 2012. An outside investigator found Odermann was disruptive and intimidated department employees and that firefighters believed Odermann and Dextras were trying to build cases to oust each other from their jobs.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com