Nashville District Chief is the Latest Cybercasualty

A Nashville district chief is under investigation over Facebook posts he made that the department leadership characterized as “racial, stereotypical, and threatening toward members of the public.”

District Chief Tim Lankford has been assigned to administrative duties while the matter is investigated. A collection of Chief Lankford’s posts were published on a local blog, EastNashville.News. The department investigation is focused on whether the posts violated the department’s social media policy as well as constituted conduct unbecoming.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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