The Office of State Fire Marshall began an investigation in November 2019, when a supervisor’s routine review of CPL James “Clay” Barrett’s fire investigation case files revealed inconsistencies. It was later learned Barrett had taken steps to cover up incomplete and/or incorrect investigative work in two of his fire cases. As a result, fire investigation cases with Barrett’s involvement are being reevaluated for any similar inconsistencies.
Arrest warrants for James “Clay” Barrett include eight counts of 1st Degree Injuring Public Records as well as three counts of Malfeasance in Office.
Barrett resigned his position with the agency upon his arrest.