Update appears at end of story.
Rochester, N.Y. – The City of Rochester terminated a deputy fire chief. Scotty Williams was fired on Friday.
Mayor Tom Richards would not give a reason, citing state civil service laws.
“I can say the particular issue with this individual has to do with him individually. It has nothing to do with the fire department,” said Richards.
Williams had been out on disability for “some time,” the mayor said.
13WHAM News has learned the reason for the termination may have something to do with Williams’ residency. Most non-union city workers are required to live in the city. Williams’ house in Charlotte was vacant. A for-sale sign out front indicates the house has been sold.
Further, property records show Williams and his wife purchased a house in Warren County, Virginia last month. His wife’s Facebook page lists Virginia as her place of residence.
We have not been able to reach Williams for comment. He moved to Rochester in 2007 for the job here after a firefighting career in Virginia.
13WHAM News asked the mayor if the firing was related to residency or disability issues. This was the exchange:
13WHAM Question: “Does this have to do with his residency and-or disability?”
Mayor’s Answer: “I think at that point in time I really can’t comment. Those are things that…we need to respect the process.”
13WHAM Question: “Is the process over? Do you anticipate filing any complaints of fraud or criminal investigations?”
Mayor’s Answer: “I really can’t say whether it’s over or not. It is true he’s been terminated that’s over as far as I’m concerned. Whether there will be any consequence or not we will see.”
Update: Williams responded to an inquiry sent to him on Facebook saying he was terminated over his residency.