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December 4, 2012

Split council ratifies fire chief appointment

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KNOXVILLE —

Councilor Tim Pitt, who has been involved in the fire chief search since February, believes Bonstall is the best person for the job. He added that Stewart has a "vision" for Knoxville, which he supports and believes hiring Bonstall is one piece of making that vision a reality. 

Bonstall will also receive $1,200 to assist in transition expenses. This and the vacation are comparable to what was offered to Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik. 

Feik told the council that seniority does not play a role in management positions, such as that of the fire chief. 

Members of Knoxville's Fire/Rescue Department were present at Monday's meeting, whom have expressed support to make Interim Fire Chief Greg Higginbotham permanent in the position. They declined to comment following the vote. 

Look for full reports on the council in the Dec. 7 Journal-Express. 

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