- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Casper’s fire chief has announced his retirement just hours after he apologized for sending an email asking an investigator to delete “bad parts” from video evidence of a wildfire that destroyed 14 homes last year.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2dPUnQG ) that Chief Kenneth King issued his retirement letter Wednesday and will step down in January 2018. The letter came after King apologized for his “lack of judgment” and for offending members of the community.

King had sent the email in October 2015 as crews were battling the fire that was ignited by a burning wood-chip pile at Casper’s landfill.

King previously said the email was sent as a joke and that it was in poor taste.

The city now faces about $1.7 million in claims related to the fire.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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