Trussville Fire Chief to retire

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TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — Trussville’s Fire Chief is retiring, effective Feb. 1.

The Trussville City Council held a special called meeting Thursday evening to accept Chief Russell Ledbetter’s resignation, which they did, unanimously and unceremoniously.

The meeting lasted for about one minute.

Ledbetter was not at the meeting.

He and the city’s Fire Marshal, Steve Reasonover, were placed on paid administrative leave by the City Council on Sept. 27, “pending the outcome” of a “detailed investigation of the volunteer fire department,” according to the minutes from that day’s meeting.

Both men have been barred from city property since that meeting.

Trussville’s Mayor, Eugene “Gene” Melton, explained that Ledbetter’s paid administrative leave will be up on Nov. 29. At which point, he will use his accrued leave until his retirement date.

Melton said he was legally prohibited from commenting on the investigation because it is a personnel matter.

Minutes from a city council meeting on Sept. 30 indicate that the investigation involves the volunteer fire department’s finances.

“The work and the job that (Ledbetter and Reasonover) have done up to this point is exemplary,” Melton said Thursday.

Ledbetter has been Trussville’s Fire Chief since 2000.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Shotts will continue to serve as interim chief until the city council chooses a new fire chief.

Reasonover is still on paid administrative leave and has not handed in a resignation.

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