Manchester Fire Chief Keeps Job, Board Doesn't Vote

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Manchester Fire Chief Keeps Job, Board Doesn't Vote

CREATED Jun 3, 2014
by Jason Lamb

MANCHESTER, Tenn. – The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a meeting in Coffee County Tuesday night and did not mention any  problems with their fire chief. No vote was taken.

The Fire Chief, George DeShields, said he'd been warned about a possible vote to fire him, following months of threats to bring the issue to a vote.

In the last year  DeShields said he'd implemented new training and physical fitness requirements, and he thought some firefighters have been resistant to the change.

DeShields said he's never received any direct complaints and he received high marks in his recent employee review.

“I came here to do a job, I came here to be a fire chief, to be a leader, and increase community support. I've been doing that for a year now, I just want to continue doing that,” DeShields said. “I'm concerned for the firefighters safety, the safety of the community members, and how we can support them. I'd really just like to carry on with my job, get back to normal with my family and not worry day to day whether I’ll be employed.”

It would have taken four votes of the Board of Aldermen's six members to terminate the fire chief. The Mayor of Manchester says he had not received any complaints about DeShields.

Email: jlamb@newschannel5.com