Breaking news: Idyllwild Fire commission holds closed session after grand jury report acknowledged

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The Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission met Tuesday afternoon, June 24, in a special session.

The commission acknowledged receipt of the most recent grand jury report and held a closed session to consider the possible discipline, dismissal or release of an employee or employees. The individual or individuals were not identified.

When asked if any commissioners were aware of the incidents reported in the grand jury findings, President Jerry Buchanan refused to answer until he and his colleagues could officially acknowledge receipt of the document. After they did, they ignored the question.

When asked if they were aware of any other investigations, Buchanan did reply, “No, none.”

He also said that whatever action is taken regarding the closed session, it would be fair and equitable for all employees, including Capt. James Reyes, who has been on administrative leave since January.

After 90 minutes of the closed session, Chief Patrick Reitz reported, “The commission came back to open session and had no reportable actions and adjourned the meeting.”

A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy was present at the meeting, as well as IFPD’s attorney.

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