Kevin Lisman’s tenure as the Chief of Farmersville Fire Department ended Friday.
The former chief’s termination was the culmination of a week-long internal investigation involving EMS and EMT training records he managed.
According to Police Chief Mike Sullivan, who conducted the investigation, it was “revealed that EMT training and recertification certificates were not signed by the purported signatories and two training certificates were awarded for a class that was not held”.
Sullivan stated the investigation did not suggest any criminal intent by Lisman, and his actions did not create any personal financial gain.
When the allegations surfaced last Monday, Sullivan reported the situation to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and requested assistance in the investigation. He also wanted the TDHHS’s help in suggesting ways to reduce similar situations in the future.
Sullivan, who will officially become assistant city manager on Oct. 1, said the news was ‘devastating’ to fire department and city personnel.
“This past week has been a painful process,” said Sullivan, “but we are working through this. We want to be as transparent as possible.”
He also said the department was in good shape and there would be no disruption in services to the community.
TDHHS is continuing its investigation and will submit a final report in the next week or so.
Sullivan will serve as interim-fire chief until a new fire chief is hired.
Lisman was a 17-year veteran of the Farmersville Fire Department. He started as a volunteer in 2006 and served as assistant chief prior to becoming the department’s leader Oct 1, 2021.
By Chad Engbrock • [email protected]