WABASH TOWNSHIP, Ind. (WLFI)- A judge will decide on Tuesday whether or not to block Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising's move to terminate the three paid firefighter positions. Earlier this month, Teising announced the termination of full-time positions within the township's fire department.
The decision leaves emergency response up to volunteer firefighters who have other full-time responsibilities.
To get the judge to grant an injunction, the Wabash Township Fire Department associations legal council will have to prove that they have standing and that a preliminary injunction is necessary. As we previously reported, the Wabash Township board voted to create an emergency response department. This gives the board control of the fire department. This lawsuit also asks the court to make Trustee Teising forfeit the elected office. This request comes after her indictment on theft charges that allege she collected a salary while not living in the township.
"Either the other case is litigated or this judge would have a hearing to determine if she has abdicated her position," said Mario Massillamany the attorney representing the Wabash Township Fire Department Association. "By selling her house in the township and moving out of county and then moving out of the state we are arguing that she has abdicated her position as the township trustee."
The Wabash Township board held an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss whether or not they will be joining the civil suit against Trustee Teising. The board chose to do so which makes the lawsuit more complicated. The council currently representing Trustee Teising also represents the board. Now that the board has decided to join the lawsuit, Trustee Teising will likely have to find different legal represenation. Circuit Court Judge Sean Persin is expected to make a decision on the injunction Tuesday.
The hearing is scheduled for 12:30. Trustee Teising did not appear at today's court proceedings.