FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - A fire chief accused of making racist comments has decided to retire. Fayetteville Fire Chief Danny Travis was reportedly suspended for using a racial slur during a 911 call earlier this month.
According to the police report, on December 15th, 2017, Travis was pistol-whipped while entering his vehicle in the parking lot of Tammy`s Outback when a black male subject approached him. The subject had a handgun and demanded Travis hand over his wallet.
The report says Travis was pistol-whipped, and got into a fight with the alleged robber.
"This particular case, the 911 tape that you are referring to is part of a criminal investigation that happened prior to what is currently being played out with the city fire chief," explained Sheriff Murray Blackwelder.
The city administrator, Scott Collins confirmed Travis used a racial slur while speaking with a 911 dispatcher after the attempted armed robbery.
Travis was suspended with pay for 24 hours on January 5, which was followed by a two-week suspension without pay. Retirement paperwork was filed with officials Monday, but backdated for January 5, effectively overturning the suspension action.
A city employee has filed a Title VI complaint against Travis regarding the use of the racial slurs after hearing the 911 recording, saying the slur was directed towards him. The city employee said it was unprofessional, racist, hurtful, and above all offensive.
Title VI was enacted as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
"There is just no room what so ever in the City of Fayetteville for any hint of racism or violations of Title VI or Title VII." said Collins.
The Title VI complaint filed against the city will go before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Nashville.