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Oct 16, 2013 9:33 AM by AP

Fire board ordered to fire convicted chief

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Grand Caillou Fire Board has been ordered to fire its chief, who was convicted in July of a felony in connection with his construction business.

After reviewing previous state attorney general opinions, The Courier reports Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr. decided Tuesday the law dictates Fire Chief Jayson Ray should be terminated.

Waitz had asked the attorney general Friday for an opinion about Ray's fate because the chief admitted guilt under a provision of state law that says a judge can suspend the sentence and remove the conviction from his record once he completes his three years of probation.

But Waitz said a 1993 attorney general opinion makes it clear Ray should lose his job.

William Dunckelman, Ray's attorney, says he will not appealing Waitz's decision.

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