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Former Shelby County EMA director faces harassment allegations

More information is emerging about the former Mid-South EMA director accused of inappropriate behavior

It all began with a phone call to Millington Police. "This person was obviously trying to get certified to be a reserve firefighter and like I said made some pretty serious allegations against Mr. Buchanan," said Millington Police Chief Rick Jewell.

Chief Jewell said the woman called his department claiming Clint Buchanan used inappropriate behavior during her attempt to become a certified firefighter. Since Buchanan works out of a state office in Memphis, the state has jurisdiction over the investigation into her claims. "We just basically turned the investigation and information over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and they will handle it from this point," explained Chief Jewell.

It now appears the scope of the case could reach farther than Buchanan's Memphis office. "Mr. Buchanan was over the testing for EMS applicants and the test that is given to them for their certification, so therefore they may have come from outside of Memphis," said John Mehr, Special Agent in Charge of the TBI.

The State Department of Health said Clint Buchanan resigned shortly after they put him on administrative leave Friday.

After that announcement, the TBI received several tips from other people.

The case now heads to the Shelby County D.A. "He will review the file and then he will decide if there's enough probable cause to go forward with charges or lack of evidence," said Mehr.

Due to the investigation, The State Department of Health said some changes could come about. "We will await the outcome of TBI's investigation and, depending on that outcome, use it as an opportunity to determine if there is a need for a review of EMS processes and procedures," said Communications Director, Andrea Turner.

The State Department of Health has delegated Buchanan's duties to another employee.

The TBI is now asking for public input. They want you to call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you have any information that could help their investigation.

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