Boynton Beach, Fla. (AP) – A Florida ﬁre chief and arts manager have been removed from their jobs after a mural depicting black former ﬁre department ofﬁcials was replaced with one showing them with white faces.
The Palm Beach Post reports that City Manager Lori LaVerriere removed Matthew Petty, the city’s ﬁre chief, and ﬁred Debby Coles-Dobay, the city’s public arts manager. LaVerriere said in a statement Saturday she would not tolerate disrespect to any part of the community.
The mural, which the city unveiled this month, erased the image of Latosha Clemons, who was the city’s ﬁrst and only black female ﬁreﬁghter and deputy chief.
Also erased on the mural was the face of Glenn Joseph, the city’s former ﬁre chief. He was the ﬁrst black ﬁreﬁghter in Boca Raton’s department.
Ofﬁcials removed the public art project a day after it was unveiled.