Sunday, December 14, 2003

Fire chief's resignation also opens state post

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HEBRON - When the Fire District here unexpectedly lost its fire chief last week, the statewide Kentucky Firefighters Association lost its president.

Since Hebron Fire Chief Dale Harshbarger, 42, resigned from the department, he also gave up the presidency of the firefighters organization, said association secretary David Jansing, an assistant fire chief with the Fort Mitchell Fire Department.

"Since officially after Dec. 28 he is no longer a member of the (fire) department, he can't be president" of the association, Jansing said.

The association's bylaws stipulate that if the office of president becomes vacant, the first vice president must fill it. That means the presidency falls to Bill Robbins, chief of the Pineville Fire Department in eastern Kentucky.

Harshbarger was about six months into his term when he resigned Dec. 3 citing health reasons and job stress. He had been on an extended leave of absence that began Nov. 4 when the resignation was announced last week.

Other than submitting a resignation letter, Harshbarger has not commented publicly on his departure. He is remaining as a paid consultant until Jan. 31.

Assistant chiefs David Perkins and Dan Hitzfield have been overseeing the department.

Jansing said even though Harshbarger is no longer president, the association will still hold its annual convention in Northern Kentucky this summer at the Airport Marriott in Boone County.

And two Northern Kentucky firefighters remain on the association's board of directors - Jansing and Bromley Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Terry Keller, who serves as treasurer.


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