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City of Whitehouse Terminates Fire Marshal after 17 years

The City of Whitehouse has terminated Ronny Fite as city Fire Marshal after 17 years of service.

"They've been discussing it for some time, but it kind of surprised me that they were going to dissolve the Fire Marshal's office completely," Ronny said.

Peterson said it's a decision the city made "after a lot of consideration" and that "the city certainly appreciates everything Ronnie has done as fire marshal".

Ronny said he told City Manager Mike Peterson he would be ok with the city hiring another fire marshal at a later date.

Peterson said the city is currently trying to decide if they will hire another fire marshal or change the position to fire inspector. If the position is changed to fire inspector, Peterson said, Smith County Fire Marshals would work arson investigations in Whitehouse.

"It's time for a change and we're doing everything we can to ensure that the citizens have the absolute best service that we can get," said Peterson.

Peterson said the decision comes amidst negotiations with Emergency Services District #2 and the Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department where Fite is currently fire chief. "We're trying to see which one we're going to contract with and it's better that there is a separation," said Peterson.

Fite told KLTV there is currently a committee of three people appointed to work together and ensure quality communication between the Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department, ESD #2 and the Whitehouse City Council. "That's all very positive right now," Fite said.

In the past 17 years Fite has served as Whitehouse City Manager, Whitehouse Fire Marshal and Whitehouse Code Enforcement. Fite has been the Whitehouse Volunteer Fire Department Chief for 18 years.

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