Tyler Fire Chief Resigns

City of Tyler Fire Chief Neil Franklin announced today that he will be resigning after more than 21 years with the City of Tyler effective Aug. 8, 2008.  He says he will be pursuing a new career with the Brook Hill School in Bullard in leadership training and character development.  He will also be the assistant boy's basketball coach.

Franklin was hired by the Fire Department in 1987 as a driver.  He worked his way through the ranks, serving as an arson inspector, an investigator, captain, hazardous materials team captain and then was appointed Fire chief in July 2003.

"Chief Franklin has been a tremendous asset to the City and will be greatly missed," said City Manager Bob Turner.  "He has made contributions to the Department that will benefit the City for years to come."

"I really want to credit the Mayor, Council and City Management for their consistent support throughout the last five years," said Chief Franklin.  "Everyone in my Department works tirelessly.  I will miss all of my friends that I have made at the City of Tyler."

A search will be conducted to appoint a new Fire chief and both internal and external candidates will be considered. Assistant Fire Chief David Shlottach has been named interim chief until  the recruitment process is complete.

"We are fortunate to have Assistant Chief Shlottach who is able to act as interim chief," said Turner.  "We are very confident in his ability to lead the Department which affords us the opportunity to be diligent and take our time in the recruitment effort."