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Austin fire captain suspended for social media posts


An Austin Fire Department captain was suspended for 30 days after the fire chief said he “posted inappropriate comments on his social media account.”

Fire Capt. Gregory Zenkner’s suspension began Oct. 31 and will last through Nov. 30, according to a disciplinary memo. The memo does not detail what he said or shared.

In the disciplinary memo, Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said he posted these comments between Sept. 9 and Oct. 16.

At the Austin fire union’s request, the International Association of Fire Fighters censured Kerr for several reasons, including the fact that the union accused Kerr of imposing overly harsh punishments when officials are accused of violating policy.

Kerr has previously said she refuses to apologize for “having high standards, holding the work force accountable and making sure they’re fit to do their job.”


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