Discipline Announced in SLO Sexy Video

The fire chief and the city manager in San Luis Obispo, California have learned their long awaited fate over the sexy spoof video they participated in last January.

Fire Chief Garret Olson and City Manager Katie Lichtig participated in the making of the video in 2016, which was shown at the city’s annual Chamber of Commerce dinner on January 21, 2017. Critics, including the firefighter’s union, claim the video was “a highly offensive sexual objectification… of city firefighters.”

Chief Olson and Lichtig were given a written reprimand and were docked several days pay by the city council. The chief will also be required to “implement a plan to move the Fire Department forward productively.” Both had had already issued apologies and indicated they did not think the video would create the commotion that it did.

Here is a copy of the video:



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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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