President of Savannah Firefighters Association arrested on sexual assault charge in Colorado

Local firefighter union president arrested

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The president of the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Colorado.

Robert Milie is in the Chatham County Jail on an extradition hold. The hold is for a sexual assault charge, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado.

This comes as the union and City of Savannah are working on a new employment contract for Savannah’s firefighters. The city and union say the arrest will not affect contract negotiations. In the meantime, the union says Johnny Hinton is serving as interim president.

Hinton gave the following statement on Friday: “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on a personal legal matter concerning one of our members. Just want the citizens and visitors of the City of Savannah to know that this will in no way affect the services that our members provide to them each and every day.”

Milie has been with the Savannah Fire Department since 2006. In that time, the city hasn’t received any complaints against him.

The city says he is on paid administrative leave, since he is a city employee serving as a master firefighter, but they have started the termination process.

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