Mescal-J6 Fire District Chief John Moran resigned last month. Moran said it was because he was micromanaged and had to waste time on special projects, researching and providing documents every week about their finances for a special interest group he said could be tied to a board member. His last day is Friday.

Moran also said part-time staff had to research the documents, which took away time from regular duties.

Board member Phyllis Ellis said some district members have been asking for a lot of public records, which is taking up a lot of time in their administration office.

When asked about making the positions full time or ways the staff can maximize their time, she said theyre focusing on the chiefs position at the time.

For years now weve managed to get by with a part-time chief and a part-time administrative assistant and its worked fine, Ellis said.

On Wednesday, the district board had a meeting where they considered the districts finances and whether the position should be full or part time once Moran leaves. Ellis said next week they are going to be voting on the job description for the chief and will be posting the job a few days after that.

Former board member Bruce Andrews was at the meeting and said the district has agreements with other fire districts who can step up to help the district in case of an emergency situation.

However, hes questioning why it took so long for the board to advertise for a new chief.

Im questioning why this wasnt a regular meeting where you just vote on everything you hammered out tonight, Andrews said.

Staffing struggles arent a problem unique to Mescal. South Tucsons Fire Department is short staffed. Right now theyre looking to outsource their fire response to the City of Tucson, but they havent been able to move forward because of the finances.

We only have one time firefighter and all our other firefighters are reserves, and when theyre reserves, they work full time for other fire departments, Danny Denogean, the City of South Tucsons public safety director, told KGUN 9 in a past interview.

To attract a candidate, the Mescal-J6 Fire District board is considering paying the chief $35,000-$45,000 dollars.

Chief Moran said he wants the district to succeed.



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