Reservoir patrolman Gary Fish calls firing 'suspicious'

Bethlehem is slated to replace all flow meters as result of the spills.

"I had come forward to someone in town government after a Town Board meeting because the story that was being reported wasn't true," Fish told Spotlight Newspapers in an exclusive interview. "It's kind of odd when someone has worked for 12 years and comes forward with information and lo and behold, they are fired."

Fish, who said he has contacted an attorney regarding his termination, said, "The whole thing is very suspicious."

Potter confirmed that Fish had spoken with him, but said he could say little else because of the legal ramifications involved. He said the town has not been approached by any lawyer citing a wrongful termination lawsuit or any other legal matter involving Fish's termination.

"He did mention that there were some issues at the water treatment plant," Potter said. "The DEC had an ongoing investigation at the time, and it appeared to be very comprehensive. The town was fully cooperating with the DEC's investigation."

Fish said there "were other things, too," but couldn't publicly comment because of possible pending litigation with the town.

"The people accused of mishandling the mercury spill are still employed, and the person who came forward with information was fired," Fish said. "I advised the town attorney afterwards, and basically the town didn't want to hear it. I was told by Town Hall that I'm merely a number on a piece of paper."

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

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

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