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Garner volunteer fire chief says he'll retire

Posted June 4, 2010

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— The chief of Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue said Friday that he will retire, effective June 30.

The move comes amid an investigation into nearly $400,000 missing from the fire and rescue department and after a request last month from the Town Council to step down by July 1.

Mayor Ronnie Williams has said Mitchell had nothing to do with the missing money but that he was being held accountable as head of the department.

Fire department officials informed Garner town leaders in January of the missing money, which was uncovered during an outside audit of the department's books from July 2008 to June 2009.

When the State Bureau of Investigation was called to start looking into the situation, Amy Moore, an administrative assistant who handled the fire department's finances, abruptly resigned.


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  • rylin Jun 4, 2010

    And why hasn't she been arrested?

  • stoop24 Jun 4, 2010

    someone will find this money and they'll pay.

  • n19packard Jun 4, 2010

    As a tax payer I think someone needs to be called to the court room. If any other out fit had that much money missing they would in the court room. Any other person who steals money or who is involved. Bottom line its stealing.

  • wakeconative4ever Jun 4, 2010

    Its a shame he has to pay for someone else's crime.

  • wildcat Jun 4, 2010

    Good luck on your retirement.

  • doghousebrewery Jun 4, 2010

    Maybe it should be clarified that the $$ is missing from the FIRE DEPT. NOT Garner Rescue and EMS...just to avoid any confusion....The two are SEPARATE entities and operate completely independent of one another.

  • Justin T. Jun 4, 2010

    You can buy a lot of fire hose with 400 grand.