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Getting CVFD ‘back on track’

County Administrator Doug Barnes just reported to the board on his recent meeting with the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department. He told supervisors the meeting went well and that he talked with the volunteers about “getting back on track” after some recent, pretty prominent problems.

He told supervisors that the financial audits of the department are moving ahead, and that the county will meet with auditors this week to iron out the details.

Deputy Chief Willaford has been working with the volunteers, and he is providing oversight in the department. So far, the volunteers have been amenable to the changes and there hasn’t been any resistance, Barnes said.

“There was a sincere willingness for change,” Barnes said.

Supervisor Hap Connors said that several county residents have asked him why CVFD’s leaders are still in place following back-to-back arrests of two volunteers charged with sexual crimes against minors.

Barnes said that Willaford is overseeing the leadership and their processes.

Connors also asked about an incident which happened earlier this year, when some department leaders allowed a number of new members to enter the CVFD without the vetting usually required. Some volunteers have complained about the incident, and some new members had been unwillingly terminated from other volunteer agencies.

County Attorney Jacob Stroman told Connors that a new policy could prevent this from happening again–and the county could make a rule that the Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Chief would have to approve any potential members who have been terminated from other agencies.