Mayor David Allaire has suspended Fire Chief James Larsen for a week due to “conduct, which was perceived by the membership as intimidating, bullying, condescending and/or belittling.”

The complaints were outlined in a three-page letter to the city’s human resources director from the president, secretary and treasurer of International Association of Firefighters Local 2323 and co-signed by 16 other firefighters. The letter alleges the chief had created a hostile work environment and that his behavior was grounds for a complaint to the Vermont Labor Relations Board.

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Gordon has been a reporter for the Rutland Herald for nearly 20 years. A Castleton State College graduate, he's covered beats from the West county to the city, cops and courts and everything in between.

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