You can now call Nick Pappas a former member of the Bryan Fire Department. His 25-year tenure with the organization is over as he remains embroiled in a major sex scandal.
Pappas contacted Bryan Fire Chief Mike Donoho by phone Wednesday night and informed him of his intent to retire. Thursday morning, in a brief meeting with Donoho, Pappas turned in a one-sentence letter stating his retirement.
He wrote: "Chief Donoho, this letter is to inform you that as of November 9, 2005, I am retiring from the Bryan Fire Department. Sincerely, Nicolas A. Pappas."
Early Wednesday morning, Pappas bonded out of a San Antonio jail, accused of online solicitation of a minor. He had allegedly travelled to the Alamo City Tuesday to meet and have sex with a 13-year-old he had chatted with on the internet.
Pappas will receive some benefits as per his contract with the city. He is eligible to receive retirement pay if he requests it. He also gets 90 days (or 1,080 hours) of sick leave payment. He can get some continuance of insurance, but at his own cost. However, Pappas will not get any vacation because he is not leaving the city in good standing.
Pappas was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday. However, he was already scheduled to be off Tuesday and Wednesday, so he did not receive any money from the city during his leave.