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EXCLUSIVE: County cop says he was fired for talking about Bethlehem water plant mercury spill

Fish, who said he has contacted an attorney over the matter, concluded, "the whole thing is very suspicious." He added that there "were other things, too," but couldn't publicly comment as of yet because of possible pending litigation with the town.

Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham said he couldn't comment about personnel matters but scoffed at the idea that someone was fired for speaking to a town official.

Cunningham did say that the town is in full compliance with all of the state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations in regards to the water plant and pointed to state and local testing that revealed no mercury made it to the water supply.

"We're in full compliance with the DEC," Cunningham said. "DEC has been out there and they looked at the entire situation and they issued a report and they have given us a letter of requirements and we're working very closely with them."

Cunningham claimed no wrong doing on the town's part in Fish's termination and said he is legally unable to respond to the accusations.

"The specifics on why he was let go, this is always a frustration because when someone gets let go they can say anything they want but we can't talk about it because it's a personnel matter," Cunningham said. "So that's all I can tell you."

Fish said the way he was fired was also unusal.

"I reported to work and got a note to call the [water plant] supervisor and was told to go to his house near the reservoir, which is taxpayer provided, and he told me that I was done," Fish said. "Usually when you fire someone you don't invite them to your house."

Cunningham confirmed that Bethlehem's chief water treatment plant operator Rich Sayward lives at a town-owned property but said he couldn't comment on the specifics of the termination.

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