JACKSONVILLE - The Jacksonville fire marshal has been suspended for making a racist remark during a planning session for the Welcome to Rockville concert festival.
The Florida Times-Union reports a complaint filed by co-workers claims Fire Marshal Kevin Jones used the N-word when discussing the number of people who would be allowed in the park for the concert.
Jacksonville Fire Rescue spokesman Tom Francis says Jones, who's African American, received a notice of disciplinary action Friday and acknowledged the discipline by signing it.
Fire Chief Martin Senterfitt says the complaint surprised him because Jones has few complaints and a strong reputation.
The chief called use of the word inappropriate in the workplace.
The punishment comes as the city and firefighters union fight three pending racial discrimination lawsuits.
Florida fire marshal suspended for racist remarks
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