Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sun Valley restructures Fire Department

Mayor announces temporary positions


By BRENNAN REGO
Express Staff Writer

Dewayne Briscoe

The Sun Valley Fire Department has had a rough year, including the resignation of longtime former Fire Chief Jeff Carnes. Several recently announced temporary appointments to leadership positions are intended to keep the department on track until Mayor Dewayne Briscoe decides who will run it permanently.

Carnes resigned in September without stating a reason. He had been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 20, 2011, with a two-day break from Jan. 3-5. The break occurred when Briscoe’s administration took office.

Briscoe said Tuesday that the city instituted a “credit card control” policy in February and since that time has saved about $1,200 per month in the Fire Department.

“The savings are coming mainly from gas money for administrative cars,” he said. “Those cars include the fire chief’s and assistant fire chief’s vehicles and a Fire Department pickup.”

While Carnes was on administrative leave, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Franco served as the department’s acting chief. Briscoe announced Tuesday that Franco will remain as acting chief for at least the next six months.

Interim Executive Assistant to the Mayor Michael Parda said the contract became effective Nov. 5 and will expire May 3.

Other appointments announced by Briscoe include Mal Prior as interim assistant fire chief for command and special projects, Taan Robrahn as interim training and operations officer, and Slater Storey as interim maintenance worker for the Fire and Street departments. Parda said the contracts for all those appointments are for the same time period as Franco’s. He also said Reid Black will continue in his position as code enforcement officer.

Briscoe said Franco has been doing an “excellent job” as acting chief and that he has proven himself very capable of the job’s responsibilities. He also spoke highly of the other appointees.

“I think they’ll provide excellent leadership, training and record keeping,” he said.

Brennan Rego: brego@mtexpress.com




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