MADERIA BEACH – Add Fire Chief to the list of city management positions needing to be filled in Madeira Beach.
Chief Bill Mallory, who recently gave up the job of interim city manager following criticism from some city commissioners, has now also resigned as the city’s fire chief.
In a letter to interim city manager Jim Madden dated Nov. 17, Mallory said he is leaving “to accept a management position with another organization.” He went on to express his high regard for the city employees, wishing them “nothing but the best” and praising their “hard work and genuine concern for the city.”
Mallory said in the letter his last day with the city would be Dec. 2. However, Madden told the Beacon that he had asked Mallory on Friday afternoon, Nov. 18, to leave right away.
Madden said, “I told (Mallory), ‘Your mind is not totally here,’ and he said, ‘You’re right.’”
Madden then said to Mallory, “We can make this a little simpler if you just go ahead and clean out your office and take off.”
Madden said he had named Lt. Todd Ermscher as interim fire chief.
Earlier Friday, Mallory told the Beacon he had accepted a fire position in Treasure Island and would be taking over the fire department there upon the retirement of Chief Charlie Fant in January.
Commissioner Terry Lister, who has supported Mallory in the past, said he is disappointed to see him leave. He also sees a way that Mallory could again be the city’s fire chief. Lister believes consolidation of the Madeira Beach and Treasure Island fire departments would be a good move. He said the county is already looking at consolidation options, and Madeira Beach could be in the forefront.
“I don’t see any need for two departments,” Lister said, adding he believes the action “would save us over $300,000.”
Mallory’s departure is the latest in a series of key management official departures in recent months. The city clerk, community development director, finance director, public works director and human resources manager have left.
A new city clerk, former Gulfport deputy clerk Ginger Stilton, is on the job, and the city is in the final stages of hiring a new city manager. The city manager and public works director position are due to be combined, as are the finance director/human resources manager jobs.