’I clearly made some mistakes,’ says fired Orange County battalion chief in newly released interviews

Nine hours of newly released interview tapes give an inside look at the investigation into sexual harassment claims inside the Orange County Fire Rescue Department.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Nine hours of newly released interview tapes give an inside look at the investigation into sexual harassment claims inside the Orange County Fire Rescue Department.

Now-fired battalion chief David Hollenbach talked to investigators for more than three hours. The county said he was fired for “multiple violations of willful misconduct,” including refusing to immediately hand over information that could have helped in the sexual harassment investigation.

The county investigation is still in progress.

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Records show Hollerbach got in trouble for not reporting his relationship with a rookie firefighter immediately, in accordance with policy, and for also failing to report she may be a victim of sexual harassment.

“I clearly made some mistakes,” Hollerbach said in the tapes.