Report: A.C. Fire Chief Dropped Pants
Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis Brooks has been suspended while being investigated for allegedly dropping his pants in front of a female security officer.
The Press of Atlantic City says it obtained a letter from the woman’s lawyer, Sebastian Ionno, describing the incident.
The woman was working the metal detector at the Public Safety Building last Thursday when Brooks came in about 11:30 a.m., Ionno said.
She “asked Chief Brooks to remove any metal objects before going through the metal detector,” states the letter, dated Friday. “Chief Brooks then proceeded to undo and drop his pants and advised (redacted name), ‘I am having a bad day.'”
Ionno also asks in the letter that any surveillance video that may have captured the incident not be destroyed. The Press submitted a public records request for a copy of the video Friday.
The mayor’s office confirmed that Brooks is suspended, but declined further comment. Brooks, who joined the department in 1979, makes more than $220,000 a year.