MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Fire Department Capt. Mike Treisch, suspended 45 days (15, 24-hour tours) for inappropriate conduct in November, has resigned from the fire department.
Service-Safety Director Joel Daniels said in an email to the News this morning that he accepted Treisch’s resignation Thursday afternoon and that Treisch told him he was leaving “to remove any further distractions.”
“I thanked Mike for his years of service to the city and wished him well in the future,” Daniels said in his email.
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Treisch, a 17-year veteran of the force, was suspended without pay for an incident in November in which he bared his backside in the face of another firefighter. He was originally given a verbal reprimand by Chief Chad Christopher “for violating morality and common decency,” which was increased to the suspension after reviewed by Daniels.
The current suspension was issued Dec. 19 and was due to end Feb. 8.
“The conduct was clearly inappropriate and the City moved promptly to address the conduct and issue discipline. … This was an isolated incident,” the city stated in a press release issued Jan. 12, signed by Mayor Richard Mavis, Daniels and Christopher. “Everyone involved regrets the incident occurred. Administration and all employees have learned the importance of appropriate conduct within the Department. … The City and Fire Administration will continue to work to maintain and build the trust of the citizens of Mount Vernon.”
Treisch was reportedly also due to undergo a psychological “fit for duty” exam, but it is unclear if it was administered prior to his resignation.
Treisch was previously disciplined in 2004 when he was arrested for exposing himself at the mall in Ontario. He entered counseling at that time, and signed a last-chance agreement with the city to not repeat similar behaviors.
Daniels, Christopher and Mavis did not return calls before the News’ morning deadline.
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