Georgia fire chief resigns after controversial George Floyd Facebook post

The chief of Moultrie’s fire department has resigned in the wake of a controversial social media post regarding the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

Jeffery Thibodeau’s resignation was accepted by City Manager Pete Dillard, according to a news release from the city.

“Moving forward, the city will immediately name an interim fire chief until the position is filled,” the city said. “Moultrie remains committed to protecting the quality of life for its citizens.”

Thibodeau, according to WALB, was placed on administrative leave after a recent Facebook post drew the ire of some community members.

Shonta Melton sent WALB a screenshot of Thibodeau’s Facebook post, which included a photo of Floyd and a list of his previous criminal history.

“I just don’t understand how a man in his position could post something like that,” said Melton. “Whatever transgressions he had in the past, he served his time for. But because he had a past, does that mean he deserved to die in the streets like an animal?”

Thibodeau’s post was dated June 6. It was taken down soon thereafter and replaced with this apology:

“I sincerely apologize for a post I shared this past weekend. It was offensive, insensitive, and unacceptable. I have spent the majority of my life protecting the lives and properties of all citizens. I am deeply sorry for adding to the pain suffered by all. I was wrong.”