The Monroe Fire Department’s chief investigator is now on administrative leave pending an internal investigation in light of a felony charge against him, Monroe Fire Chief Terry Williams says.
David Hill Jr. and his wife, Dana, both of West Monroe, were charged with one felony count of insurance fraud last month. In a warrant filed by Louisiana State Police investigators, the Hills were accused of trying to get a $3,500 insurance payment through a false hail damage claim on their 2002 Volvo.
Hill works as chief of the fire department’s investigative division. He also is the department’s chief arson investigator.
Williams previously declined to say whether Hill was facing administrative leave or suspension in light of the criminal charge. When asked about the matter, Williams would only say that Hill was a department employee.
Last week, The Ouachita Citizen published the news report, “Monroe FD chief mum on arson investigator’s arrest.” After the news report was published, Williams made contact with the newspaper, seeking to provide further details.
“I guess I can give you a little more information,” Williams said. “At this time, he is on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.”
Under civil service laws, the department has 60 days to conduct an investigation and make a determination.
“I should have that investigation concluded and proper action taken prior to the end of 60-day period,” Williams said.
The Citizen’s news report last week also detailed other criminal charges previously filed against David Hill and Dana Hill. Dana Hill is facing felony charges for obtaining drugs by fraud while David Hill was convicted in 2012 of aggravated assault.