Former Byron Fire Chief claims she was fired because she’s transgender

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BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Rachel Mosby was fired on Tuesday as fire chief in Byron. She says it was because of her gender.

41NBC News requested Mosby’s termination letter from city administrator Derick Hayes to see the official record on why she fired. The documentation highlighted several performance deficiencies that caused her employment to end.

The letter highlighted that she did not renew business licenses in a timely manner, which caused delays for customers. It also reveals that she did not have good attendance at a professional conference in Savannah between March 30th through April 3rd and attended five classes out of 21 offered. The letter goes on to say that Mosby did not maintain the fire investigator certification, which is required for a fire chief.

Mosby and her lawyer Ken Barton sent this statement:

“Over the last 12 years, Fire Chief Rachel Mosby has proudly served the residents of Byron, where she has built Byron’s Fire Department from an all-volunteer organization into the professional agency that it is today. She was shocked on Tuesday when she was notified of her termination, effectively immediately, and escorted out of her office by a police officer the same day.

While her coming out as transgender at work received local media attention, nothing has distracted Chief Mosby from her duties of protecting the citizens of Byron. Chief Mosby has and maintained all of the necessary certifications for her position, and there is nothing about Chief Mosby’s performance that warranted her termination. Quite simply, the City’s stated reasons are untrue. If this termination had occurred just a few months ago, Chief Mosby would have requested an appeal. However, due to a recent change in their policies, Chief Mosby is the first department head in Byron who has absolutely no recourse internally with the City.

The City’s termination of Chief Mosby was, in fact, discriminatory and a violation of her constitutional right of due process. It is unfortunate that the City chose to single out one of its long-time employees because of her gender. We hope that the City will reconsider its termination and allow her to continue serving her fellow residents of Byron as its Fire Chief. If we are unable to resolve this matter, Chief Mosby is considering all of her legal options.”

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