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.
" I wanted to go in another direction in regards to our fire chief , " explained Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon.
T hat new direction leaves longtime Fire Fhief James Verbosky out of a job on March 31.
A ccording to the city , V erbosky was offered to resign , retire, or face termination. Verbosky choose retirement.
A 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.
The 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.