Carthage Mayor Releases Statement After Fire Chief Resigns

By Jennifer Penate

Published 09/02 2014 04:21PM

Updated 09/02 2014 07:59PM

CARTHAGE, MO-- The following is a statement from Carthage Mayor J. Michael Harris on the resignation of the city's Fire Chief Chris Thompson. 

"This Morning, I have received and accepted a letter of resignation from Fire Chief Chris Thompson. Chris was implicated in a consensual personal matter that was brought to the city. This incident was investigated, in keeping with the policy manual, and dealt with following documented procedures.

Additionally, a group of people led by a former firefighter who was not selected as Fire Chief spoke against Chief Thompson at a city council meeting and through social media, and brought up several incidents that had happened in the past that were also investigated and dealt with according to city policy and procedures. Much of the current public information is/was based on rumor, gossip and half truths. The City on the other hand must base its decisions on fact, and legal opinion. As in the norm, employees' personal files are confidential and are not public. 

The Carthage Fire Department after four years of Chris' management is better trained, the employees are in better physical condition, and thousands of dollars were spent to bring equipment to proper operating levels after years of neglect.

The City will begin the search process to replace Chief Thompson."


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