Liberty fire captain wins position back in wake of drug investigation

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An arbitrator has ruled in favor of Liberty firefighter Cathy Macchione

LIBERTY TWP.. (WYTV) – An arbitrator has ruled in favor of Liberty firefighter Cathy Macchione reinstating her to her prior rank as Captain Inspector.

According to documents obtained through a public records request, Arbitrator Rick Bales found the township “lacked sufficient evidence” that supported a justification for demoting Macchione down to firefighter rank.

Read the arbitration award here.

Bales also ordered she receive back pay for lost wages as a result of the demotion.

The township took action against Macchione in June following an investigation into Firefighter John Beard’s overdose death in April 2020.

Township officials accused Macchione of knowing other firefighters were trading prescription medication and failing to report it.

Township Attorney Cherry Poteet issued the following statement on the award:

“Following an arbitration hearing challenging Cathy Macchione’s demotion, Arbitrator Rick Bales found in favor of Cathy Macchione resulting in the allegations being rescinded. The Township has accepted the arbitrator’s decision and restored Captain Macchione, as of January 18, 2021, to her prior position as captain inspector for the Liberty Township Fire Department.

Cherry Lynne Poteet, Esq.

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