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  • Newport town manager to retire, fire chief fired

  • Dick Casey, the Newport town manager, said he is retiring after six years of service with the town effective July 1.
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  • Dick Casey, the Newport town manager, said he is retiring after six years of service with the town effective July 1.
    The retired Air Force brigadier general put his experience to work on the civilian side with municipal government work and has been with the town since April 2007.
    Now, he said, is a good time for fresh leadership for the town and staff.
    "Itís time for a change in perspective," he said.
    But Casey said there are still projects he wants to see through, and he wants to get the town through the budget process before he departs. Budgets for the 2013-14 fiscal year must be adopted by the end of June.
    "What I told the council in my notice is that I want to see the budget through. Thatís one reason. The other reason (for the July 1 departure) is that I want to give some time for transition," he said.
    Of the projects before the town, Casey said he wants to see the bid awarded for the expansion of the townís sewer treatment plant.
    "Thatís been proceeding on track and the award of the bid is the next big part of that project," he said.
    Once the bid is awarded, construction can start.
    Casey announced his plans to retire Friday, the same day that the firing of Newport Fire Chief Drummond Figg took place.
    He said the two were not related.
    Figg had served as chief for four years.
    "A committee of citizens was formed by the town council to look into fire department operations after they heard that things were not going as smoothly as they could," Casey said.
    Casey said that the committee concluded that there were problems within the department and that Figg did not have the leadership skills to resolve them. Casey said his decision to fire Figg was based on the findings of the committee.
    Casey said heíll soon begin advertising the vacant position. Assistant Chief Kane Johnson has agreed to take on the chiefís duties until a new chief is hired. 
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