An illicit video was found on Hall County information systems and led county administration to fire emergency management director David Kimbrell.
Sources confirmed to The Times that the video was found Thursday, the day Kimbrell was fired, but county officials on Tuesday would not disclose details about the video.
Documents related to the incident, including any communication from county administration and any material uploaded to county servers by Kimbrell, are not available to the public while a Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigation is ongoing, according to Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley.
Kimbrell told The Times on Monday that the issue was a misunderstanding and that there were “no hard feelings” with the county.
“My personal computer backed up to the county network, and there was some stuff on there that they considered inappropriate,” Kimbrell said.
Kimbrell could not be reached Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the material that was uploaded to county servers. Spokesman Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said Tuesday morning there was no new information he could release about the investigation, but noted that it was being handled by the criminal investigation division.
It’s not clear how long the investigation will last, according to Wilbanks.
Kimbrell was fired at 5 p.m. Thursday after the material was discovered. He was fired because of the “egregious nature of the offense,” according to his termination letter.
Wilbanks said the case was referred to the sheriff’s office due to the “possibility of any criminal activity.”
“Investigators are still trying to contact people involved in the case and determine if any criminal activity took place,” Wilbanks said Monday.
Kimbrell was first hired with the county in September 1991. He served as Hall County fire chief until August 2014, when he was relieved of command.