Hallandale Beach battalion chief accused of harassment to appeal termination

Jeff Lyon accused of making inappropriate comments about women, minorities, lesbians

By Associated Press, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
Courtesy: Hallandale Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A battalion chief accused of harassment has been fired in Hallandale Beach.

Jeff Lyon was let go Friday after a department-wide investigation found that he made inappropriate comments about women, minorities and lesbians. City Manager Renee Miller signed a termination letter.

Lyon's attorney, Randy Fleischer, says Lyon hopes to get his job back by appealing to the state's Public Employee Relations Commission.  Fleischer says under department rules, Lyon should have been allowed to move one position down the chain of command to avoid termination.

Fleischer says Lyon admits to referring to a firefighter as a token, but he apologized. He also denies making derogatory comments to women at work.

Fire Chief Dan Sullivan was also fired more than two weeks before Lyon's termination.

According to the city of Hallandale Beach's website, Lyon was hired by the Hallandale Beach Department of Fire Rescue as a paramedic/firefighter in March 2002. After working as a driver engineer, he served as a lieutenant for seven years before being promoted to B-shift battalion chief.

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