St. Croix EMS Interim Chief Joe Elkin was terminated from both his interim position and his paramedic position following an independent investigation of tweets associated with his name.
The unanimous decision came from the council Monday night following a closed session where members reviewed the investigative report done by an independent attorney.
Posts from a Twitter profile named The Real Joe Elkin were shared last month through an anonymous email with council members and the Hudson Star-Observer.
The tweets included references to racial stereotypes, drugs, sexual acts, the Holocaust and more. They range in date from July 28, 2014 to Nov. 18, 2017.
Elkin said in an August statement that the tweets did not come from his personal Twitter account, but were from an account connected to a podcast he was involved in with friends.
"I do not believe I personally posted any of the tweets referenced in the HSO story," Elkin said, referring to an Aug. 24 story on the posts.
The council’s decision to terminate Elkin was based on city policy that states both official and private affairs of a city employee should be above reproach, city attorney Catherine Munkittrick said.
“The council found that Mr. Elkin’s conduct in this matter did not meet that standard and also found that this is an important standard to uphold,” Munkittrick said.
This story will be updated as more information is available.