A controversial West Palm Beach firefighter is back in the news following his acquittal on DUI charges. Fire Captain Rick Curtis was originally convicted of drunk driving back in May, sentenced to 3 days in jail, and terminated from West Palm Beach Fire Rescue.
However, when he learned that the judge in the case, Marni Bryson, had an undisclosed relationship with firefighters’ union vice-president Doug Greene, with whom he was at odds, Captain Curtis sought a new trial. The request for a new trial was granted in June, and last Friday Captain Curtis was acquitted. He is now seeking to be reinstated to the department.
Captain Curtis has been involved in a number of lawsuits and EEO complaints against the West Palm Beach Fire department over the past 10 years. Here’s a link to some of the details of those cases.