After almost three years in the post, Burlington fire chief Jay Mebane will be leaving the city to take a comparable post as the head of Chapel Hill’s municipal fire department.
Mebane’s elevation to chief in August 2020 by then-city manager Hardin Watkins triggered a discrimination lawsuit against the city from deputy fire chief Matt Lawrence, who contended he was skipped over for the selection. Mebane, a former firefighter, was then serving as the city’s inspections director.
Mebane is black; Lawrence is white.
Burlington ultimately paid Lawrence a $90,000 settlement to drop his litigation against the city.
See earlier coverage of the city’s settlement with Lawrence: https://alamancenews.com/deputy-fire-chief-gets-90k-settlement-from-city-after-he-was-skipped-over-for-top-job/