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Charlie Taylor to resign as Manchester fire chief

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

Manchester Fire and Rescue Chief Charlie Taylor sent a letter to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen last Tuesday announcing that he is resigning his post.

The 16-year veteran of the department said in the letter that he is moving to Alabama to be closer to his daughter and son-in-law.

“I want to express my appreciation for the past 23 years of employment I have enjoyed with the City of Manchester,” Taylor said in the letter. He started working with the city at the police department in 1990.

“I hate to see Charlie leave,” said Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, “but he wants to be close to his family and start over and I wish him the best of luck. I hate that he is leaving us.”

Norman went on to praise Taylor’s time as a city employee.

“He has always been a good employee from the police department to whatever he has done.”

Replacing Taylor will not be a quick process and it may mean hiring someone from outside the city, according to Norman. The mayor added that assistant chief Mark Reed will run the department for “the next couple of months or so.”

“I’m going to let Mark run it and then I’m going to meet with the safety committee then we will probably go outside and hire somebody,” explained Norman.

Norman didn’t completely rule out a local hire…

Read the complete story in this week’s (Feb. 6) print edition of the Manchester Times. Click to subscribe to the print or online edition of the Manchester Times