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March 20, 2014

Former White Springs Fire Chief takes his job back

Jasper — White Springs Fire Administrator Chris Greene, who has only been on the job for five months, has resigned from his position effective March 10, and has been replaced with former fire chief Steve Stith, who was welcomed back at the March 11 meeting of the White Springs town council.

In his resignation letter Greene wrote, “Unfortunately, professional commitments do not allow me to be available full time to meet the needs of White Springs.”

Greene also stated that in his professional opinion, the duties of fire administrator require a full time commitment.

Town Manager Bob Farley said at the March 11 meeting of the town council, that Greene believed that a part time, one day a week fire chief - which was all the time he could dedicate to the job due to his other professional obligations - was not sufficient for the town.

“His argument is that the town should be thinking about a full time fire chief, which we will get into during the budget discussion,” said Farley. “My recommendation for his replacement is Steve Stith, who has continued to work as a volunteer. He used to be our fire chief and he has come to me and requested that he fulfill the position of fire chief.”

Stith lives in town, Farley said, and is available to take calls when he isn’t working in Jacksonville. Farley added that he has full faith in Stith to take over the duties of fire chief. Mayor Helen Miller added that Stith has excellent fire prevention credentials and therefore asked for a motion from the council to accept Farley’s recommendation. Councilman Rhett Bullard made the motion, it was seconded by Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie, and the vote passed 5-0.

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