Terre Haute Fire Merit Commission hears Rodger Plunkett II’s defense

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, the Terre Haute Fire Merit Commission held an executive session meeting in regards to Rodger Plunkett II.

The meeting allowed Plunkett to give his defense to allegations that he violated rules and regulations of the Terre Haute Fire Department.

Chief Jeff Fisher did not share exactly what was said in Plunkett’s defense, but Fisher did say that both sides were given time to state their case.

Fisher says this is separate from any criminal investigation and that the Merit Commission’s decision will be based on “rules and regulations violated on the department”.

Plunkett was suspended with pay after his arrest in early September.

Plunkett is facing five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 14.

The charges stem from incidents that are believed to have taken place between 1998 and 2005.

Fisher, who is advocating for Plunkett’s termination, says that the firing of a firefighter does require a lengthy process but he is ready for it to be over.

“This is something no boss, no chief wants to go through, to see one of your firefighters terminated for violating rules and regulations but we have to continue moving on the character of the department and uphold the honor of the firefighters of this department,” Fisher said.

Fisher says the Fire Merit Commission is made up of five members.

It is comprised of nominees chosen by the fire department, city council, and the mayor.

Fisher says the next meeting will be a public hearing where the merit commission will make the final decision on Plunkett’s future with the department.

A date and time for this hearing have not yet been announced.

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