March 1, 2011

Lexington mayor asks fire chief to resign

Lexington Fire Chief Robert Hendricks is being asked to resign and has been given until noon Tuesday to make a decision, the city said in a statement issued Monday night. "I've carefully observed the operation of Fire and Emergency Services over the last four years as a councilmember, and now as Mayor," Mayor Jim Gray said in the release. "This position requires the highest level of leadership and, regrettably, it has not been demonstrated by Chief Hendricks." The release says the mayor's "chief concerns are lack of leadership, failure to manage the division's budget, especially overtime, and division morale." "In observing these issues over some time, I have often expressed my concerns about the division's leadership, and that starts with the Chief," Gray said. "Demanding times require strong leadership." Hendricks is scheduled to make a presentation to urban county council members on Tuesday about firefighter overtime. The presentation will show "serious budget overruns in overtime expenditures for firefighters," according to the release.

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