Sheridan Fire District, Chief Davis part ways
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Fire Board voted unanimously Thursday night to release Chief Wade Davis from his contract.
He had served as chief since April 2010 and succeeded Terry Ney, who left the district after six years, three as chief, to become chief of Lane County Fire District 1, which is based in Veneta and serves several rural areas.
After deciding Davis' fate, and agreeing to a severance package for him, the board voted unanimously to tap Deputy Chief Bill Alguire as the new chief.
"I want to thank Chief Davis for all that he did," board member Gary Hampton said. "We thank him for his service to the district and to the district."
Hampton continued, "I think it's appropriate that Bill Alguire take the position. He's capable of handling it. The personnel is comfortable with him."
Because the district is about to embark on the 2014-15 budget process, the board decided to leave Alguire in the interim position through June 30. A decision will be made at that time on his future status.
"I'm willing to take on the challenge," Alguire said.
He has extensive fire service experience throughout Oregon, including 15 years with the Keizer Fire District, in addition to seven years of part-time experience with the Life Flight Network as a paramedic.
See Tuesday's print edition for additional details.