Jonesboro Fire Chief Resigns

January 13, 2005--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO-- It's a new day at City Hall that calls for changes in administration.

Jonesboro's Fire Chief Butch Herring submitted his resignation yesterday after 23 years of service.

"I think you see it a lot when there's a change in administration. There's a change in direction. There's a change in personnel and this is just a change along those lines," City Operations Manager Brian Wadley says.

The line was drawn for the fire chief when he was given a much unexpected ultimatum.

"I'll have to say he was given a choice by Mayor Formon to resign kinda on his own terms or be terminated. That was the choice," Wadley says.

The choice was presented to Chief Herring in a meeting on Tuesday afternoon and he said it was much to his surprise.

"There was no mention at all about my future or the likelihood that I would be terminated. So it did come to me as a total surprise," Herring says.

Herring, who ran along with Doug Formon in the 2005 mayoral race, denied comment on his speculation behind the mayor's decision.

"I believe the public has the right to draw upon their own conclusions about how they feel this unfolded," Herring says.

Little detail was provided at the mayor's office today.

"I've known him for many years and worked him for a lot of years and so there was no personal gain in this," Wadley says.

"I have a mortgage payment, I've got bills and I've got to do some quick long term career planning in a short period of time," Herring says.

That's where it ends for Herring after 23 years of service to the City of Jonesboro.

"Really, there's just no specifics involved other than a new direction, a new day at city hall," Wadley says.

"I have deeply enjoyed my service to the citizens," Herring says.