A big shakeup is taking place in Rossford. The city announced its longtime fire chief will retire at the end of March after improper conduct allegations were revealed.
wanted to go in another direction in regards to our fire chief
explained Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon.
hat new direction leaves longtime Fire Fhief James Verbosky out of a job on March 31.
ccording to the city
erbosky was offered to resign
retire, or face termination. Verbosky choose retirement.
n internal investigation revealed in January, a female firefighter received an instant message described as inappropriate. City leaders determined the conduct demonstrated poor judgment, but didn't pose a threat to the public.
However, leaders concluded Verbosky couldn't lead the department on a long term basis.
So why wasn't Verbosky fired immediately? "After the investigation, I took into account the other person involved in this matter and they didn't want to see anything happen to him. But, I thought because of the prior incident with him being on probation, that it was conduct unbecoming," explained Mayor MacKinnon.
prior incident includes a falsified EMS report in 2013. The chief didn't respond to phone calls for comment and wasn't at his office or home. The mayor hopes this incident doesn't place a black eye on the department. "We have a great fire department. I trust these guys and they do a fantastic job," explains the Rossford mayor.
Chief Verbosky's last day of service for the fire department is March 14. Vacation days will be used up until his retirement.