"Jackson County Fire District No. 3 has placed two division chiefs on administrative leave and is starting an investigation into job related conduct," according to David Hard, who will become the full-time fire chief for the district on Nov. 30. He said he estimated it could take a couple of weeks to complete the investigation.
The division chiefs are on paid leave during the investigation. The top salary step for a division chief is $8,239 per month, according to Hard.
While Hard said the district has never released names of those placed on leave, the names printed in the Mail Tribune have not been challenged. Brenda Messmer is the administrative division chief and has been acting fire chief. Ken Johnson is the safety division chief and fire marshal.
Hard has been spending part time in District No. 3 while fulfilling his obligation with the Klamath County Fire Department.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent