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Monarch Fire Board Considers Action Against Captain Chris Gelven

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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOX) - The captain who blew the whistle on Monarch Fire Board’s plans to buy bulletproof vests and nail them to a wall still has his job for now.

Captain Chris Gelven talked with KMOX News and other media outlets earlier this year about the plan for the vests. For that outspokenness, the board could suspend, demote, or even fire Gelven, or do nothing at all.

Monarch Fire Board President Robin Harris says he had hoped a decision would be made after the second of two closed-door meetings held on the matter last night, but no votes were taken.

Outside his hearing, dozens of firefighters rallied for Gelven, also the shop steward. Firefighter Union Executive Vice President Brad Peters says Gelven was right to reveal the board’s plan to line a wall with used bulletproof vests.

He acknowledges recent battles between the board and union.

“It’s a very unconventional board,” Peters says.

Harris, meanwhile, says a vote on any disciplinary action against Gelven will likely happen late next week.

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