Officials in Canandaigua say that Fire Chief Mark Marentette has been suspended without pay for 30 days.
While details around the suspension are limited, officials say that the suspension hinges around ‘internal policies’. Canandaigua City Manager Ted Andrzejewski told the Canandaigua Messenger that the suspension happened Friday after a meeting between all involved parties.
Marentette is being represented by attorney, Michael Harren, with Trevett Cisto Salzer & Andolina P.C. According to Harren, the issue of the suspension is being fought and the accusations hinge around how shifts were reported by employees. Harren told the Messenger, “We vigorously oppose the charges.” He noted that officials have argued that Marentette failed to follow procedure over the last year, as it pertained to reporting shifts worked by employees.
Marentette was appointed fire chief in 2011 and has accumulated 30 years in fire service. City officials say that the four captains on the department will be covering for the chief in his absence.
No hearing officer had been named in the case. However, the hearing is scheduled for February 3rd.
FingerLakes1.com has reached out to Canandaigua officials for more information and will provide updates as they’re made available.