UPDATE: Savannah Professional Firefighters Union head convicted, fired

Crime & Safety

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The head of a Savannah firefighter union is behind bars in Colorado and out of a job.

Savannah Professional Firefighter Union head Bob Milie is behind bars in Colorado and out of a job.

News 3 has learned Bob Milie, former president of the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association, was convicted of a misdemeanor harassment charge in El Paso County, Colorado.

According to the jail website his release date is May 10.

Milie was originally arrested on sexual assault charges in Colorado Springs back in October.

The union head is also looking for a new job. News 3 learned that the appeal of his termination was held by the City of Savannah this week and his firing was upheld.

Original story:

The head of the Savannah Professional Firefighters Association is facing criminal charges.

Bob Milie with IAFF Local 574 is being held in the Chatham County Jail awaiting extradition.

As the police report shows, Milie was arrested in Savannah on Wednesday for police in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

There he faces charges of sexual assault.

News 3 has learned the alleged attack happened last month when Milie was at the IAFF Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The ceremony is attended by firefighters from all across the country.

Multiple sources tell News 3 that during the weekend, Milie allegedly met a woman and went to a hotel room. He is accused of attacking her and attempting to sexually assault her.

A governor’s warrant was later issued to arrest him and bring him back to Colorado to face those charges.

The IAFF 574 president was in court Friday, where he would not waive extradition to Colorado. That means he will remain here in the Chatham County Jail until a new court date is set.

Milie has been with Savannah Fire & Emergency Services since 2006. The city says there have been no previous complaints against Milie.

Milie was placed on administrative leave by the Savannah Fire Department.

This criminal charge is a Class C Felony and carries between 4 and 12 years in prison if convicted. 

According to the City of Savannah, this will not impact union contract negotiations.

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