- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. (AP) - The fire chief in Mount Holly has been fired after city officials say they received a number of complaints.

The Gaston Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1yGPRuZ) that Dale Oplinger was fired after being on suspension since Sept. 11.

City Manager Danny Jackson says Oplinger had been given a written reprimand after he showed up at Mount Holly Middle School and was upset when he was not allowed to see his son.

Jackson says ah investigation determined that Oplinger was often absent without a given reason, failed to address payroll problems and did not adequately address a firefighter’s heath concern.

Oplinger says the accusations are half-truths and exaggerations, He had been fire chief since 2004.

The Mount Holly Fire and Rescue Department has 16 full-time firefighters, eight part-time firefighters and 30 volunteers.

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Information from: The Gaston Gazette, https://www.gastongazette.com

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