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RFD captain will appeal termination ruling by Fire Civil Service Commission

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — The Rochester Fire Civil Service Commission agreed Tuesday to terminate a long-time employee after hearing a recommendation to do so from Fire Chief Eric Kerska.

RFD Captain Brennan Kelly has been with the department for 26 years.

Chief Kerska said he recommended that Kelly be terminated citing a history and pattern of misconduct.  The commission went along with the chief’s request after hearing from both sides.

Kerska tells KTTC that Captain Kelly will remain suspended with pay, as Kelly’s attorney appeals the findings of the Civil Service Commission.

Efforts to reach Kelly for his side of the CSC action have not yet been successful.

The City of Rochester refused to discuss the termination and would only offer this explanation for what had transpired:

“On February 19, 2019 the Fire Civil Service Commission held a hearing pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 420.12, which requires the hearing to be public.   While the meeting was public it involved discussion of not public documents.  As such the City will not be commenting on the hearing.”  

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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