Suspended SAFD firefighter brought unauthorized weapon to work, modified city-issued rifle

Lieutenant Kenneth Campbell suspended 16 days


SAN ANTONIO – A veteran San Antonio firefighter was suspended last month after he modified a city-issued long gun without authorization and after an unauthorized weapon and fully loaded magazine were found unsecured in his city office in separate incidents, according to suspension records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.

Lieutenant Kenneth Campbell received a notice of indefinite suspension for the violations in mid-July.

City records show that Campbell and SAFD Chief Charles Hood met and agreed to reduce the suspension to 16 days without pay.

SAFD officials discovered the modified rifle in late February and noted that Campbell had failed to properly secure it, according to his suspension paperwork.

Campbell's superior within the arson division later secured the weapon on his behalf.

Less than three months later, in May, officials found another unauthorized weapon in Campbell's office in an unlocked cabinet along with a loaded magazine, according to city records.

According to the city's website, SAFD arson investigators are certified peace officers with arrest powers.

Campbell was handed the suspension a month after marking 20 years of working for the department, according to city human resources records.

Other department violations committed by Campbell included:

  • Failing to review the case folders of his subordinates at least once per week
  • Failing to ensure that a statistical data sheet was filled out by each investigator under his supervision
  • Failing to complete certain modules of the training curriculum
  • Failing to document the processes required for new investigator processing
  • Failing to return all equipment issued to him despite being given instructions to do so

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