May 13, 2014 1:23 pm

Fired West Kelowna fire chief sues for alleged wrongful dismissal

Global Okanagan

WEST KELOWNA – A West Kelowna assistant fire chief who was fired for allegedly driving under the influence is firing back with a wrongful dismissal law suit.

Kerry Klonteig was dismissed in October because he had received an administrative driving prohibition while operating a fire department vehicle.

In his law suit, Klonteig claims the District “didn’t take alternative disciplinary measures consistent with its treatment of other District employees in similar circumstances.”

The 48 year old, who was earning $101,000 annually plus performance bonuses, says he’s having difficulty finding comparable employment and is seeking $152,000 in damages.

The District of West Kelowna isn’t commenting about the law suit.

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