Eclectic fire chief abruptly resignsPublished 7:46pm Friday, August 15, 2014
By Kevin Taylor
The Wetumpka Herald
Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport said an ongoing disruption among new and veteran firefighters led to the resignation of its fire chief Thursday afternoon.
Davenport said Chief Adam Graham called him Thursday afternoon to inform him that he was resigning effective immediately.
“His reason was that he was not happy with some of the ways some things were working within the department and to keep the department from being torn apart he decided to resign,” Davenport said.
When contacted by phone, Graham did confirm he did resign and said it was for “personal reasons.”
“I made it official about 3:30 p.m. (Thursday),” Graham said. “I have not turned in a written notice yet, but I did call the mayor and council members.”
Davenport said there will be a meeting among the firefighters at 10 a.m. today in the municipal courtroom of town hall to “decide which direction we will go.”
Until then, assistant chief David Ingram and Capt. John Estes will be in charge until a new fire chief has been named, Davenport said.
“I think we’ll be able to work something out in the morning,” Davenport said. “I feel the people who are still actively with the department will be able to go forward.”
Graham served as fire chief for EFD for the last 20 months after former chief Mike Holton was elected mayor.
Graham, who had been with the department for 19 years, said he will no longer be a member of the fire department.