High Point fire chief resigns
After a year and two weeks on the job, High Point Fire Chief Rick McIntyre resigned from the department. According to City Manager Strib Boynton, McIntyre's resignation will be effective on July 31.
“He sent in his resignation to pursue some other career opportunities he has before him, and it was accepted,” Boynton said. “He expressed his pleasure and honor of being able to serve the High Point community and I expressed my sincere appreciation for his service over the past year.”
McIntyre’s salary was about $130,000 a year, according to Boynton. McIntyre could not be reached Tuesday evening.
McIntyre previously served as chief of the Jacksonville, NC Fire Department for 16 years.
McIntyre was selected in a national search, in which the city spent $16,500 to hire a company to recruit and screen candidates. McIntyre was chosen from 71 candidates from 24 states.
Boynton admits that McIntyre had a short service to the city but said that McIntyre has the right to pursue other things.
“I wish him well as he goes on his way, and we will go on our way,” he said. “We are going to move forward."
In the next week, Boynton said he expects to appoint an interim chief.
He will be holding town hall style meetings in the next few weeks with the members of the fire department
“The emphasis will be on improving communication, teamwork and establishing some clear priorities within the department,” Boynton said.
McIntyre replaced David Taylor, who retired in April 2011 after leading the department for 12 years.
The end of Taylor’s tenure was marked by a period of turmoil in which the North Carolina Department of Labor fined the fire department for 18 violations of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA investigators cited deficiencies with firefighters’ training, equipment and safety, and the city paid the state $57,000 in a negotiated settlement over the fines.
McIntyre has also worked in the private sector, including more than four years as fire service manager with Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Paducah, Ky., and more than 10 years as fire protection specialist with Duke Energy in Charlotte.
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