Attorney for Ilion firefighter says client doesn't know why he was placed on leave

The attorney for an Ilion firefighter who has been placed on administrative leave, says he’s still not sure why his client isn’t back to work.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 5:59 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 6:02 PM

ILION, N.Y. – The attorney for an Ilion firefighter who has been placed on administrative leave, says he’s still not sure why his client isn’t back to work.

Anthony Brindisi represents Michael Conover, who is looking to be reinstated as the deputy fire chief.

Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica confirmed two members of the fire department were under investigation in February, after the Ilion Fire Department received a letter from a former employee that could subject the village to legal liability.

Brindisi says it’s unclear if Conover was involved in the complaint, and is yet to be interviewed concerning the investigation.

“I have never seen an investigation take this long by a municipality. Imagine your employer coming up to you one day saying we're going to put you on administrative leave,” said Brindisi. “They don’t tell you if you're the subject of an investigation, they don’t tell you what complaint has allegedly been filed, they give you no information whatsoever on what you may have done wrong or the ability to respond to any of those accusations.”

According to Brindisi, Conover just wants to get back to work.

“There is a cloud of suspicion over my client that's affecting his reputation, standing in the community, his profession as a firefighter,” said Brindisi. “He just wants to go back to work, serve the village of Ilion, serve the community that he loves, and he's not getting the ability to do that right now because of the lack of communication coming from the village of Ilion.”

The Ilion mayor declined to do an interview with NEWSChannel 2, saying this is a personnel matter he cannot discuss.

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