Chief of St. Tammany Fire District 12 removed from post as inves - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints

Chief of St. Tammany Fire District 12 removed from post as investigation continues

Stephen Krentel (FOX 8 Photo) Stephen Krentel (FOX 8 Photo)
(WVUE) -

The board of directors of St. Tammany Fire District 12 voted Thursday to remove Stephen Krentel as acting fire chief, and an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing continues.

Those awaiting the results of a six-month investigation into allegations of theft and public intimidation against Krentel packed Fire District 12 Thursday, but they'll have to wait a little longer. The board said after a six-month probe, it needs another week.

“I believe the board did what it needed to do to protect the organization,” said Krentel.

Krentel had been accused by firefighter Tom Williamson of public intimidation, theft, and of having an affair with a subordinate. The board also launched an investigation into Williamson after an anonymous complaint. This afternoon, Williamson was cleared of any wrongdoing, prompting cheers from firefighters at the meeting.

“We’re thrilled that the investigation is finished and he’s been found innocent,” said Williamson's attorney, Roy Burns.

As the investigation into Krentel continues, the former acting chief is also eager for closure in the investigation into the death of his wife, Nanette, who was found shot to death in the couple's burned-out home last July.

“More anxious for that than anything else in my life,” said Krentel.

Krentel returns to his old job as chief of administration at Fire District 12, with the results of the investigation into allegations against him set to be released next week.

The Fire District 12 board appointed Mike Haley as the new acting fire chief.

Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • One man killed in Seventh Ward shooting

    One man killed in Seventh Ward shooting

    (Source: Associated Press)(Source: Associated Press)
    (Source: Associated Press)(Source: Associated Press)

    New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting in the Seventh Ward. It happened near the intersection of St. Anthony and North Rocheblave streets. Officials say one man was shot and then later died at a local hospital. NOPD issued an alert about the shooting at 11:42 p.m., but it is not clear exactly when the shooting occurred. No further information is immediately available. FOX 8 will continue to update this story as it develops. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reser...

    more>>

    New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting in the Seventh Ward. It happened near the intersection of St. Anthony and North Rocheblave streets. Officials say one man was shot and then later died at a local hospital. NOPD issued an alert about the shooting at 11:42 p.m., but it is not clear exactly when the shooting occurred. No further information is immediately available. FOX 8 will continue to update this story as it develops. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reser...

    more>>
  • FAA investigating helicopter crash near Boutte, injuries reported

    FAA investigating helicopter crash near Boutte, injuries reported

    Source: Fox 8Source: Fox 8
    A motorcyclist is dead and another is in surgery after a race turned into a deadly crash. Source: Fox 8A motorcyclist is dead and another is in surgery after a race turned into a deadly crash. Source: Fox 8

    The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board are on the scene of a helicopter crash near Boutte. 

    more>>

    The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board are on the scene of a helicopter crash near Boutte. 

    more>>
  • NOPD searching for suspects in Toulouse St. shooting

    NOPD searching for suspects in Toulouse St. shooting

    Source: NOPDSource: NOPD
    Source: NOPDSource: NOPD

    New Orleans Police are asking for the public’s help locating two suspects they believe was involved in a shooting in the French Quarter early Saturday morning. 

    more>>

    New Orleans Police are asking for the public’s help locating two suspects they believe was involved in a shooting in the French Quarter early Saturday morning. 

    more>>
Powered by Frankly