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10/16/2013 11:02:00 AM
Central Yavapai Fire District: Chief stays, but his days are numbered
CYFD Chief Paul Nies
CYFD Chief Paul Nies

Scott Orr
Special to the Tribune

PRESCOTT - The attorney for the Central Yavapai Fire District said during the Board of Directors' meeting Tuesday afternoon that the board did, not, in fact, have a letter of resignation from Chief Paul Nies in its possession.

Nies denied having filed one, but Board Clerk Debbie Horton said last week that, "It was a 3-2 vote on accepting a letter of resignation. Whether or not we had a letter of resignation has been in dispute."

The board on Tuesday went into executive session for over an hour, and Nies' employment was one of the topics to be discussed.

When they returned, the board voted to negotiate with Nies' attorney to settle claims he's made toward the board.

"The parties have agreed that the specifics would remain confidential until a resolution is reached," Board Attorney Nick Cornelius said.

But no matter what happens, Nies will be out of a job when that resolution happens.

"My attorney drafted an agreement to settle my claims," Nies said. "I won't resign and I won't be terminated, we will simply end my services" with CYFD.

"One of the results will be that I will no longer be employed," he added, "but for me, it's important: I am not resigning. 'Resigning' indicates a desire to leave."

Nies said the timetable is up in the air, as negotiations are not subject to a deadline, but he said it would likely be weeks, not months, until he is "separated."

Until then, he remains chief.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: justa gal in PV

Well, well, Ms Horton...
Exactly what did you mean....?
A letter of resignation ?
What can you possiably say? I am waiting wuth baited breath to hear any possiable answer you have. We cannot
have dishonest people serving our community. Any one who defends you should go also. What is your agenda? Please explain, honestly ,what your intentions are. We deserve the truth. What you did was lie, plain and simple.
Thanks in advance for your resignation.
Seems to me you would say, do anything to have your little hour in the public eye.
Now go find some other area to rile up.,with your dishonest statements.... Dishonesty sucks..

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