- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - Three Valencia County fire chiefs say they won’t step down after being photographed with scantily clad women on a taxpayer-funded trip.

KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (https://bit.ly/1WxE65X) that chief Steven Gonzales and two chiefs he supervises are refusing the county manager’s demands to resign.

The trio was photographed in uniform with women dressed in little clothing while attending a conference in Indiana last month.

All three were put on leave and have since returned to work.

County Manager Danny Monette says they broke personnel policies and there has also been an outcry from the public.

Gonzales says the incident has been blown out of proportion and they have already served their suspensions and publicly apologized.

The county commission says it will closely watch the department over the next few weeks.

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Information from: KOAT-TV, https://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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