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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press • February 13, 2013 PHOTO Fire Chief Quits: Says enouoh is enough Continued from pg. 1A After 33 years of service to the Kyle Fire De- partment, Fire Chief Glenn Whitaker submitted his res- ignation Sunday night. His wife, Doris, who is the de- partment's bookkeep- er also submitted her resig- nation. BY KIM HILSENBECK His wife, Doris, who is the for Whitaker. To a certain ex- budgeting process, he said, the department's bookkeeper, also tent, he said he feels he has no bookkeeper, Doris Whitaker, resigned, effective on the same longer has control over his own had not accounted for those day as Whitaker's. He said part department, funds, citing delays in payment of his decision to leave has as "ESD is taking over day-to- that are typical during the bud- much to do with his wife as day operations,"Whitaker said. geting cycle. with him. Regarding why he made the "But it's certainly not per- "It's mostly the attacks," he decision to leave now, he said, sonal for me or anyone else on said. "They think we make too "There's a long list of stuff." the board," Fulton said. much money and the fire fight- Whitaker used some ex- Fulton said Whitaker has al- ers don't. Several board mem- amples to illustrate of how the ways had the autonomy to do bers feel Doris is overpaid." ESD wants to make changes whatever he wanted to do and "They" are members of the and, as he said, "do all kinds of "now this group of folks asks ESD. But he said former mem- stuff." The most recent one that questions and calls him to the bers of the department's Board broke the camel's back, Whita- carpet every single month." of Directors, or fire board as it's ker said, involved repairing a "That is a giant irritant to known, as well as some paid fire engine that had continu- him because it's his depart- staff and volunteers, have in- ous mechanical problems,ment that he's been a part of for sinuated the same thing.His staff got several bids to so long...but it's no longer that "It's the constant accusa- either repair the current prob- same department." tions and we're just fired of it," lem at a cost of just under "You expect the person run- Whitakersaid. $10,000 or replace the chassis ning the department to have Whitaker said in his resigna- completely, which would be the answers," Fulton said. tion letter that he should have about $60,000 when all was Despite this and other recent left when the vote came at the said and done. He said his staff issues, Whitaker credited the Kyle Fire Department Board of all agreed the replacement was ESD with having some useful Directors meeting to fire him. needed to avoid future prob- ideas and suggestions. That vote in May 2012 did not lems with the engine. "We're addressing some of result in being fired; three fire Whitaker said his wife was the issues but it's not happen- board members voted yes,able to find unallocated money ing as fast as any of us want," three voted no and one ab- in the budget to put toward the he said. stained, replacement cost so it would In a quick self-review, Whita- "But I wanted to stick with it not require asking the ESD for ker said his running of the de- thinking things would get bet- additional money, partment has not been perfect, ter but things have only just At Monday's meeting, ESD"I could have been better. changed," he wrote, board member Mike Fulton, But I think I've done a fair job," Since then, control of the de- also a volunteer firefighter with he said. "But it's time for me to partment changed to be under the department, made a mo- go. 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