Prattville city council names interim fire chief

Prattville Fire Chief Stanley Gann
Prattville Fire Chief Stanley Gann

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Prattville's city council named an interim fire chief in a special called meeting last night despite the fact that the current chief, Stanley Gann, has not offered his resignation. The council voted 4-2 in favor of naming Deputy Chief Terry Brown the interim chief effective March 2.

Gann will have until then to step down.

Councilman Ray Boles said department heads in the city need to get on board with new mayor Bill Gillespie's plan to move the city forward -- or get out.

The controversy started after WSFA 12 News reported possible furloughs among all Prattville departments, including the fire department. Gann didn't support the plan and publicly said mandatory furloughs could affect firefighters' ability to keep the city safe.

Last Friday after a meeting, Gillespie told Gann he would accept his resignation, though Gann has yet to offer it.

In another major move, the council appointed Albert Striplin to fill the seat vacated by Gilliespie when he took over for former Mayor Jim Byard Jr. Byard resigned to accept a position in Gov. Robert Bentley's administration last month.

Staff members from Gann's office and fellow firefighters gathered outside City Hall on Monday night in a show of support for their boss and some expressed shock at the council's actions.

A contentious meeting may be on tap tonight at 6 when Gillespie will present his new budget in the regularly scheduled council meeting. Prattville has been operating without a budget for months.

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