In a recent press release, on Monday, June 1, 2020, it was brought to the attention of The City of Texarkana, Texas that an employee of the Texarkana Texas Fire Department made racially charged statements on their personal Facebook account.

Once made aware, this matter was expediently dealt with according to the city’s personnel policy regarding prohibited activities and the use of social media. After an investigation, due process under civil service law was provided to the employee. The employee has accepted a 90-day suspension without pay, agreed to five years without supervisory responsibilities, and will complete 12 sessions of counseling focused on anger and bias issues before returning to work.