City Commission Meeting

Things got a little heated at Dothan’s city commission meeting Tuesday, after a disagreement over funding for a deputy fire chief.

The city's fire chief says the department needs the position, but the mayor sees differently.

Dothan Fire Chief Sam Crawford addressed city commissioners about re-instating the deputy fire chief position.

Crawford says the fire department needs the extra supervision as it's duties and roles expand.

The cost of re-instating the position would be more than $65,000, including benefits.

But Mayor Chester Sowell and several commissioners voiced concerns over both the cost and original talks about promoting a battalion chief to fill the role.

Citing undetermined costs of possibly transferring the "city" employee retirement system over to the "state" pension system... The commission pulled the request from a future vote, leaving both sides in disagreement.

Crawford says the last time the position was filled was more than 10-years ago.


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