JC Assistant Fire Chief Arraigned After Arriving At Work Naked

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 28, 2007 at 5:47 PM EST

A retired assistant fire chief who showed up to work naked, had to show up for court.

48-year-old Kenneth Roe of Johnson City is charged with a violation called "exposure of a person."

This document outlines why former fire fighter Kenneth Roe was charged.

Police Captain Ted Wido writes Roe "did appear naked only wearing a hat and tie thereby exposing his private parts of his body."

Roe was arraigned this morning in Johnson City Court, charged with exposure of a person.

The evidence is captured in this photo, showing Roe just outside the Floral Avenue station last month.

Police also have statements from Roe's fellow firefighters.

Firefighter Markus Smith said quote "...I was shocked and disgusted. I could not believe that he would come to work naked."

Fire Captain David Nugent says he was upset and ignored Roe.

He says "I am the Captain in charge of eight men and I don't need to worry about the Assistant Chief and his actions."

Police also talked with Patrick Vavra, Roe's stepfather who's also a part-time code enforcement officer for Johnson City.

Vavra met Roe at the fire station that morning.

He says, "I knew Ken was going to come to work naked, so I brought a camera with me."

Firefighter Ryan Willis also took pictures of Roe and says he sent them to others.

People around the village have mixed reaction.

"He needs to be punished for it, I think he does because it's not fair to anybody who brings their kids outside," says Arvella Randolph of Johnson City.

"When somebody does something very in lewd and indecent, they should be charged with it," says Monty Jones of Johnson City.

"The firefighter just was pulling a prank, nothing big," says Courtney Holcomb of Johnson City.

"I think he was just fooling around with his fellow firefighters having a good time and it got out of hand," says Marjorie McKay of Johnson City.

Roe was celebrating his 20-year anniversary with the department.

He filed for retirement last week.

Roe's retirement takes effect after 30 days.

As for the charge against him, the case will be moved to a court outside Johnson City.

That's because Rowe is a village employee.

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