1:18pm

Wed October 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lex. Fire Chief Denied Disability Retirement

Embattled Lexington Fire Chief Bob Hendricks will not be allowed to retire on an occupational disability. The police and fire pension board voted unanimously Wednesday to deny the claim, after reviewing reports from three independent doctors.

Details of the claim have not been released because of privacy rules, but Hendricks' attorney Mark Wohlander says the application was based on a "psychological issue."

"We looked at what went on in his career, and we followed up with it as any good lawyer would do. And then we'll go from here."

Hendricks had been on paid leave since March, when Mayor Jim Gray called for his resignation. City officials say Hendricks is now on unpaid suspension.

Despite the ongoing issue with Hendricks, Gray thinks the fire department is moving in the right direction.

"In the last several months we've seen a level of improved morale and discipline and financial responsibility led by interim chief Keith Jackson that I am very pleased with. And I want to acknowledge that today," said Gray.

Hendricks is the highest paid employee on the city of Lexington's payroll, making over $140,000 a year.