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Garner Town Council asks fire chief to resign

Posted May 25, 2010 11:18 p.m. EDT

— Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said the Town Council asked the fire chief to resign Tuesday evening. The council passed a recommendation asking Phil Mitchell to step down by July 1.

The request comes after nearly $400,000 was discovered missing from the Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue 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, the administrative assistant who handled the fire department's books, abruptly resigned.

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

The recommendation now goes before the fire department's Board of Directors. They are expected to call a special meeting to discuss whether Mitchell should resign.

The investigation into the missing money continues.