Lexington Fire Department Under Federal Investigation

Apr 30, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s fire department is under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for its hiring practices.

City spokesperson Susan Straub said in a written statement that the city was made aware of the investigation in early April and that there are no findings at this time. Per department policy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky could not confirm or deny the investigation.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the most recent class of firefighters in February 2011 consisted of 25 white males despite a campaign to attract minorities. At the time, of the division’s 525 sworn firefighters, 31 were black and 12 were white women.