The Charlotte Fire Department has named a new deputy chief to replace Jeff Dulin, who retired in February after an offensive Facebook posting.
Kevin Gordon, who has worked for CFD for 24 years, will become one of the department’s four deputies who report to Chief Jon Hannan.
Gordon is currently the department’s chief of training, a job he has had since 2007. He began his career with CFD in 1991 as a firefighter, and has also served as a captain, training officer, hazmat captain and battalion chief.
He has worked as the department’s liaison to the federal government in the Multi-Agency Coordination Center during the Democratic National Convention. He developed plans to manage evacuee transfers from Houston to Charlotte after Hurricane Katrina, and commanded the Emergency Operations Centers following the deaths of firefighters who were killed on duty in Asheville and Salisbury.
In February, Dulin posted a photograph on his Facebook page that made fun of former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, who was in the process of transitioning to a woman and who now goes by Caitlyn. City Manager Ron Carlee said the photograph was offensive and Dulin retired soon after.
The Facebook post came at a sensitive time for the department, which had terminated a fire investigator last fall for what the city said was an offensive Facebook post about the Ferguson, Mo., riots.