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Florida fire marshal suspended for racist remarks

The Jacksonville fire marshal has been suspended for making a racist remark during a planning session for the Welcome to Rockville concert festival.

The Florida Times-Union reports a complaint filed by co-workers claims Fire Marshal Kevin Jones used the N-word when discussing the number of people who would be allowed in the park for the concert.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue spokesman Tom Francis says Jones, who's African American, received a notice of disciplinary action Friday and acknowledged the discipline by signing it.

Fire Chief Martin Senterfitt says the complaint surprised him because Jones has few complaints and a strong reputation.

The chief called use of the word inappropriate in the workplace.

The punishment comes as the city and firefighters union fight three pending racial discrimination lawsuits.

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