Florida Fire Marshal Kevin Jones has been suspended for 10 days as punishment for using the “N” word during a planning call for the Welcome to Rockville concert festival.
Jacksonville.com reports that co-workers who were on the call complained about Jones’ use of the “N” word during the planning session.
Jones was quoted as saying, “if those n— try to put more than that [20,000] in the [Metro] park, they will have to deal with me.”
A disciplinary letter detailing Jones’ suspension says he used the “N” word not once, but twice. The letter goes on to say that fire and rescue employees will not use “racial, gender or ethnic slurs” and that the city “will not tolerate inappropriate and offensive language.”
Spokesman Tom Francis acknowledged that Jones had been suspended for 10 days for using the racial slur.
Fire Chief Martin Senterfitt said he was surprised at the allegation since Jones has had so few complaints against him.
“Any use of the word in the workplace needs to be addressed,” Senterfitt previously said. “It’s absolutely inappropriate in the workplace.”
The head of the black firefighters association, James Edwards, told News4Jax that the suspension was appropriate.
The city and firefighters union are already facing three pending discrimination lawsuits.