Newport town manager to retire, fire chief fired

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

"That’s 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.

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