Former chief suing Black Forest fire district

Posted at 9:50 PM, Oct 04, 2015

The former chief of the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District is suing the fire district for $1 million on the grounds of defamation, emotional harm and that he was wrongfully terminated in 2014.

Bob Harvey originally said he resigned after a prolonged sick leave due to post-traumatic stress disorder after the Black Forest Fire in 2013.

The Black Forest fire board said it had not heard from Harvey in 11 weeks and said his refusal to communicate amounted to a public resignation.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports ( ) the board says it did not fire Harvey, but was searching for a new chief.

The destructive wildfire burned 15,000 acres, destroyed 488 homes and killed two people two years ago.