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Immokalee Fire Chief Anderson Fired

andersonPaul Anderson, chief of the Immokalee Fire Control District, which is responsible for Ave Maria, was fired Wednesday afternoon at a special meeting of the district commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously to fire Chief Anderson after four years in the position because he violated his contract by cashing out about 90 days worth of unused vacation and sick time. According to his contract, he had to use that time off, not take its cash value, the Naples Daily News reported.

Mr. Anderson had championed the building of a permanent fire station in Ave Maria and that effort will continue vigorously, said Deputy Chief Michael Choate who is now in charge on an interim basis.

"It is a priority for me," he said. "If anything, it might gain a little more traction."

The former chief said a frayed relationship with the firefighters union was the real reason he was fired. The Naples Daily News said that Cody Rogers, president of the union, declined to answer questions but said briefly, "He messed up and he's gone."

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