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Rift in fire department hits council

Cari Doutre

Leader Correspondent

This November Garland City will appoint a new fire Chief, but many members of the Garland City Fire Department are calling foul.

For years there’s been a rift inside the fire department, according to Fire Chief Kent Menlove, with part of the department going one way and another part going another. Menlove approached the Garland City Council Tuesday night with his concerns over how a new fire chief is going to be appointed in November.

According to state law, Mayor Arlon Bennett will have the authority to appoint a new chief, as he does with each department head, but his process for picking a chief is not outlined in a new resolution the council is considering approving. Menlove and other members of the volunteer fire department want a hand in picking the new chief and that he or she must be qualified for the position.

Menlove pointed out to the council that there are many problems within the department and that the rift is causing communications issues within members. The department is having problems with the chain of command and respect for officers appointed, Menlove said. A new fire chief will begin the job in January.

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