David Kimbrell, the Hall County director of emergency management, was terminated Thursday due to violation of multiple county policies.
Kimbrell was first hired with the county in September 1991.
“My personal computer backed up to the county network, and there was some stuff on there that they considered inappropriate,” Kimbrell told The Times Monday afternoon.
“It was just a policy violation and nobody’s fault but mine. No hard feelings against the county,” Kimbrell added.
He wouldn’t elaborate on what material the county considered inappropriate.
Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said the Hall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Kimbrell’s termination letter lists five violations of county policy, which range from violation of its ethics program to violation of policies prohibiting the possession or storage of inappropriate material.
The letter was hand-delivered and signed by interim County Administrator Jock Connell. Kimbrell was terminated at 5 p.m. Thursday because of the “egregious nature of the offense,” according to the letter. Kimbrell was fired the same day the material was discovered on the county’s system, according to Crumley, who said the sheriff’s office was notified after a brief review by county administration.
Crumley said no further information would be given because of the ongoing investigation.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said the case was referred to the department due to the “possibility of any criminal activity,” Wilbanks said.
“Investigators are still trying to contact people involved in the case and determine if any criminal activity took place,” Wilbanks said.
Kimbrell served as Hall County fire chief until August 2014 when he was relieved of command.