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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Hemet fire chief placed on administrative leave


Last updated 4/3/2018 at 12:30pm

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Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown was placed on administrative leave, the city recently announced.

Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown was reported to have been placed on paid administrative leave after the Hemet City Council meeting Tuesday, March 27, with Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman being named as interim chief, according to the Hemet City manager's office.

There was no immediate reason given with all references to the report being referred to Hemet City Manager Allan Parker, who was in a closed meeting at the Hemet City Hall early Tuesday.

Battalion Chief Kuhlman did not comment and referred the Valley News for all information about Chief Brown's status to the city manager's office.

Chief Brown last week gave a report to the Valley News on the Hemet Fire Department's progress on improving the department's firefighter and rescue services with the help of Measure U funding.

Measure U, is a one-cent sales tax designated for use only for the city's public safety departments – fire, police and emergency services -- with a citizen's oversight committee to assure the funding will only go to the designated public safety departments.

Chief Brown became the city's fire chief in April 2015 with a salary of $161,508. Before coming to the Hemet Fire Department, he retired after 35 years of service in the Orange County Fire Authority.

Kuhlman came to the Hemet Fire Department in June as one of three battalion chiefs hired with the help of Measure U funding.


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