Cherry Sues the City of Bowling Green

By: Katie Weber
By: Katie Weber

More than a year after a Bowling Green firefighter is suspended for misusing a city credit card, he files suit against the city. Bowling Green Deputy Fire Chief, Oscar Cherry is suing the city of Bowling Green for what he calls unjust punishment.

Oscar Cherry has been a firefighter for about 29 years, but last May he was forced to spend two weeks off the job. Bowling Green's City Commission suspended Cherry last year, after he admitted to accidentally misusing city credit cards to buy alcohol, gas, groceries... and bee-keeping equipment. They also took away his privilege to use city credit cards.

Cherry says he received more punishment from fire Chief Gerry Brown after he returned to work, and he says that wasn't fair and that should have been addressed in the meeting where he received his original suspension.

Cherry's attorney, Matt Baker, says, "He was the subject of that proceeding. He accepted his punishment and was ready to move forward and essentially has not been permitted to do so by this subsequent conduct that the city has put him through."

Cherry's Attorney also says that a memorandum was sent out at the fire department at the end of last May stating certain things that Cherry was no longer allowed to do as a fire official.

He said, "It requires that Oscar Cherry among other things shall not assume duties of fire chief in the absence of the chief, that he is not to attend to any emergency scene responsibilities, he is deprived of his staff vehicle."

Mayor Elaine Walker and Fire Chief Brown declined comment, because neither of them were aware of Cherry's suit.

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