Longview fire chief placed on administrative leave

Released by the City of Longview:

LONGVIEW, TX - After much consideration and numerous meetings with City staff, City Manager David Willard has placed Fire Chief Michael Pruitt on Administrative Leave with pay. The issue will be placed on the agenda for the City Council to discuss in executive session during the Thursday, November 12, City Council meeting.

According to City Manager David Willard, "I regret to announce that this morning I asked Chief Pruitt to resign. At this time, it is now my recommendation for council to consider termination. This is a very difficult decision and one that I do with great contemplation. It should be noted this is not the result of any single incident. I have concerns about leadership within the department affecting employee morale and impacting the department's service to the community. Given the nature of this personnel issue, I will limit additional comments at this time to allow Council consideration on Thursday."