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Lexington fire chief ends fight for disability pension

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

There are new developments concerning Lexington's embattled fire chief.

Wednesday morning, Chief Robert Hendricks withdrew his appeal for disability pension from the city.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the move means a resolution--an agreement between the city and Hendricks--could be in sight.

Gray says he can't speculate on exactly what the resolution will be, but that one is near.

"We are looking forward to a resolution of this in the early part of the coming year," Mayor Gray says.

Mayor Gray asked Hendricks to resign back in February over leadership and budget concerns.

Hendricks then filed for an occupational disability pension from the city in May, which the Lexington Police and Fire Pension Board denied in October.

Hendricks appealed, and the board was supposed to hear the appeal at a meeting Wednesday. But Hendricks didn't show up, and instead notified the board he was revoking his appeal.

"It is our understanding that Chief Hendricks has offered up a letter, withdrawing his application for disability," Mayor Gray says.

Hendricks received his base salary of $148,000 for seven months after the mayor asked him to resign. He's been on unpaid leave since September.

Mayor Gray says the city's law department is in contact with attorneys for Hendricks, and they're working out the legal details leading up to the hopeful resolution.

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